The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo plays a leading role in the Israel Zoos Association (IZA). Quarterly meetings are held with key representatives from each member organization and an annual conference is hosted by a different member each year.
We, members of the organization, consider ourselves committed to work towards maintaining animals and the environment, while striving to achieve a balance between man and nature.
We pledge to work towards achieving this goal by raising public awareness of the destiny of the zoo as an educator, exploring and shaping public opinion on these issues.
We are committed to ensure the welfare of animals held in captivity. We will encourage members to pursue excellence and professionalism in the field, by setting binding rules and a code of ethics for all members.
We will strive to partner with all Israeli zoo organizations to enable the promotion of knowledge centers for zoological research and veterinary education, with an emphasis on fauna of the Land of Israel.
We will Initiate and promote legislation that will define what zoos are, their purpose, status, and commitment to the determined criteria.
We will work to create forums organized to promote nature conservation in Israel, in collaboration with other Israeli nature conservation organizations in order to save our precious natural environments.
We aim to cooperate with other organizations in the public sector, to create a constructive partnership experience and bring people together for the benefit of wildlife conservation and environmental issues in general.
We consider zoos to be primarily a public service and will strive to ensure a high standard in all areas as part of our educational and cultural contribution to the community.
We will provide our employees with adequate professional training and tools to enable them to achieve these goals. We will work to strengthen solidarity between zoo employees, while fostering individual initiative and creativity.
We will work in cooperation with research entities, institutions and executive authorities to achieve organizational goals.
We will strive for open relationships with our neighboring countries, with emphasis on conservation in the region.
Raising public awareness of wildlife conservation, animal welfare and environmental sustainability.
Setting standards for compliance with and enforcement of legislation concerning the welfare of animals in captivity.
Professional development for staff members.
Representation before national and international bodies.
Establish principles and methods for the implementation of conservation efforts.
Sharing responsibility for local, regional and international conservation programs.
Prioritizing the management of zoological collections in Israel.
Setting standards for public service.
Leveraging the size of member organizations by creating partnerships.
Partnership in policy making regarding local wildlife conservation.
Code of Conduct
The existence of zoos depends on respect for the animals in our care, and the people we serve. We will establish a code of ethics for members that will serve as a guide for all practitioners. All members of the organization will undertake:
To assist with the conservation and rescue of wild animals. Every step taken in relation to an individual animal must be taken in accordance with the ideal of saving endangered species.
To promote the ideals of wildlife conservation, biodiversity and animal welfare among colleagues and the public.
To assist the wider wildlife conservation community.
To cooperate with government officials and NGO’s on improving animal welfare standards.
To create zoological collection plans.
To encourage research and dissemination of achievements in wildlife conservation, maintaining animals in captivity, veterinary technology, architecture and design of exhibits, etc.
To disseminate professional knowledge among members of the organization.
To develop education programs.
To promote and implement the guidelines of the organization.
Members should strive to achieve the highest standards in the following areas in accordance with internationally-accepted guidelines:
Physical/surgical procedures on animals
Reintroduction of animals to the wild
Animal Liberation nature
Procedures in the event of an animal death