It takes a strong team to ensure the success of the Zoo! More than 200 full and part time employees and many volunteers continuously strive to fulfill our mission and provide top quality experiences for our guests. From maintenance and horticulture, administration and finance – all the way through to animal husbandry and veterinary care, wildlife conservation and scientific research – many different kinds of people are living their dreams at the Zoo. We are also very proud that the composition of our team reflects the diversity of our visitors.
Our team is led by Ziv Ayalon, who has served as Director of the zoo since October 2018. Ziv transitioned into his role after 32 years of service in the Jerusalem Municipality in a variety of management positions. For 25 years since the zoo's establishment (1993 - 2018), Shai Doron served as the Director of the Zoo. During his tenure, the Zoo has become an internationally-recognized center for wildlife conservation and education as well as Israel's most-visited paid tourist attraction.