Way back in 1981 an intrepid young wayfarer found her way to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, set down roots and stayed. She had left home at 18, travelled the world, returned to Hawaii and became an expert in the care of all kinds of primates. She got her license as a veterinary technician, developed a quirky Zionistic streak and moved to Israel. The Biblical Zoo was the place she chose to finally settle down and make a difference to the world. Nurturing living things was the moving force of her life. She hand-raised wallabies, lemurs, chimpanzees, a tiger, a lion, kittens, ferrets and a leopard. Bev was immensely concerned with wildlife conservation and research. She was so excited when the zoo would be able to release an animal bred at one of our breeding centers back into the wild or open her hands and watch a recovered wild bird fly free. She always sought to achieve the highest standards of professionalism and to improve her knowledge so that our animals could receive the best possible care.
After the Zoo opened in its new location in 1993 Bev continued to encourage and inspire all those who worked with her. She had a special gift of bringing people together and used her position as Section Head of the Quarantine Unit to build a dedicated and professional team of volunteers. She took in kids from troubled backgrounds and helped them gain self-respect and to use their abilities to become productive members of their communities. Years later they would still show up in her office for a visit and she always had time for them.
Sadly, Bev was suddenly taken from us at the age of 55 and we all continue to keenly feel her absence. She left behind a legacy of unfailing kindness to both humans and animals. It was decided that the most fitting tribute to Bev’s many years of hard work would be a laboratory dedicated to improving the health and welfare of the animals to which Beverly was so devoted. The lab is devoted to furthering the values of wildlife conservation, animal welfare, and education. It consists of two rooms within The Phyllis and Otto Frey Animal Medical Center and is dedicated to achieving the highest possible standards of in-house diagnostics. Volunteers and students are taught and encouraged in the warm professional fashion that was Bev's calling card.
The lab has been equipped with diagnostic equipment such as a biochemistry machine, x-ray machine and developer, an endoscope and Bev's memory is preserved on site with a photo memory corner.
May her memory be a blessing.