Across an area of 250 dunams, surrounded by green flora, you can find one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Jerusalem: the Biblical Zoo.
The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo(Hebrew: גן החיות התנכ”י) was originally established in 1940 as a tiny little children’s zoo on Harav Kook Street in central Jerusalem. The zoo was founded and established by the late Prof. Aharon Shulov, one of the pioneers in the field of zoology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 1941, a somewhat larger zoo was established on Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem.
In 1947 the zoo was moved to Mt. Scopus. After Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, the Zoo was transferred once again, this time to a new and larger area in Givat Komuna.The zoo remained here for 41 years, from 1950 to 1991. During this time it gradually developed into a well-known and beloved attraction. The old zoo closed in 1991 and the process of moving to the new location begun.
The zoo reopened in its current location near the southwestern Jerusalem neighborhood of Malkha in 1993.
If you are planning a trip to Jerusalem, don’t miss your chance to visit the Biblical zoo!