A family destination and Israel’s biggest tourist attraction, the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo covers over 62 acres of stunning terrain in the south of Jerusalem. The park centers on a vast man-made lake complete with waterfalls and side pools, surrounded by spacious lawns and shaded beauty spots with 2,200 animals and different 271 species. Map.
The park includes a wildlife savannah with free-roaming animals and a visitor’s train that provides transportation throughout the park with several stations along the route. Over 271 diverse species of animals are here to be seen.
And this being Jerusalem and the ‘Biblical’ zoo, most of these were mentioned in the Bible. That’s not to say that other animals are missing, however, and most animals you might expect to see at a zoo will be found here.
The Biblical Zoo includes a children’s zoo including a petting corner and a playground with an adjacent snack bar for watchful parents. During holiday periods, the Friendly Animal Houses enables guided, hands-on encounters with less-fearsome animals while the Noah’s Ark Sculpture Garden is an exotic new playground designed by sculptress Niki de Saint Phalle (creator of the renowned Mifletzet or Monster children’s slide in Kiryat HaYovel) and architect Mario Botta (designer of Tel Aviv University’s Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Cultural Center).
The zoo’s visitors’ center, which overlooks the African savannah – is shaped in the form of an ark, with an auditorium, a temporary exhibits gallery, computer information stations, a souvenir shop and a cafeteria situated on the ark’s deck.
For up to date information on opening times, getting here, and entrance charges, please call +972-2-6750111.