Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This 62-acre zoo contains more than 140 species of animals with two major themes: animals mentioned in the Bible and endangered species from around the world.
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2-3 hours
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  • KosherAndGlutenFree
    New Jersey265 contributions
    Surprisingly good zoo with great aviary
    The zoo is located in the southern part of Jerusalem, about 20 minutes by car/taxi. We went on January 1, with the temperature in the mid 50s and the animals were quite active. The best exhibit (IMHO) was an aviary, where about 30 very colorful birds sat on branches and bushes and tweated, They were just beautiful and you could walk right up to them. The zoo also has the usual elephants, lions, tigers, baboons, penguins, some fish in tanks. Not a "must do" but it's a great place to take kids who don't care about ancient churches or biblical tunnels. There is a snack shop and small gift shop. We spent about 2.5 hours and saw just about everything. This is not the Bronx Zoo or the San Diego Zoo, but there aren't that many things in Jerusalem to excite 7 years olds. This is one.
    Written January 5, 2023
  • bfindysz
    Jerusalem District, Israel655 contributions
    Springtime wake up call
    Turns out that March is a great time to find the residents waking up. Rather than huddling against the cold or sprawled out in the shade against the heat. As trees bud and winter flowers bloom so too it seems the zoo cones alive. Worth planning a visit during this season.
    Traveled solo
    Written March 16, 2020
  • Florence B
    Tel Aviv, Israel267 contributions
    An amazing zoo experience
    We were in Jerusalem for Passover and decided to take the kids to the zoo. Even though it was packed with visitors, the zoo was spotless. There were plenty of staff who were cleaning and were responsive to questions. Hands down, the giraffes were the coolest animals we saw. I’ve never been head to head with one before.
    Traveled with family
    Written March 30, 2021
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gefgal
israel68 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
This place needs to get its act together it has not changed in years. Staff that work here are lazy and untidy. A gift shop run by Arabs that are rude and refuse to speak Hebrew. It has to be the worst gift shop ever. It’s definitely needs new management ASAP
Written August 4, 2021
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shmuelbu
10 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
We recently visited the zoo. Admittedly it was January so that may have impacted some of the animals, but I was not overly impressed. Just not a lot to see. Still not sure I understand why it is called a biblical zoo. The petting zoo part was pretty good.
Written January 26, 2020
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bfindysz
Jerusalem District, Israel655 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
When our grandchildren are visiting us, we often take them to this great zoo. I prefer to start at the end of the zoo, i.e. walking in the direction of Noah's ark. By the time we get there, the children are tired of walking and it is time to stop for a snack or cold drink/popsicle. Then you can board the park's train for free and ride back to the center of the zoo where you can either continue to visit the rest of what's left or go back to the parking lot/bus stop.
Written March 6, 2018
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NBLondon
London, UK513 contributions
May 2018
We spent a very enjoyable few hours here with two of our children - of very different ages. And everyone had a great time. The animals seem well cared for and have plenty of space in which to move around, which is important to us. When we were there it was just starting to get hot in Israel and despite good shady areas for the animals we did wonder how those with thicker fur coped in the heat. But as an attraction - we really enjoyed it.
Written January 22, 2019
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simpr2018
Brooklyn, NY34 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Although the actual zoo is pretty nice, the staff was atrocious. I was discriminated against and refused the discount i deserved because the "Manager" discontinued the "Student discount" (for my group) on the spot. You'd think a student Visa would suffice for proof thats we're students... Anyways their price per Standard Adult is 58nis not 40 like i saw on their website a week before coming...
Written July 23, 2018
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Ruben
89 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
I've been taking my three years old son every half a year or so since his first birthday. Always a lot of fun. It has a great playground, a petting area where you can pet the goats. One of the best things is the cage of the suricatas, it has with tunnels the children can get into them and look at the cage from the inside.
Written April 13, 2019
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Easybob2014
Miami, FL649 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
The Biblical Zoo is usually open from 0900 to 1700 and located just on the south east outskirts of jerusaem near the Malha Mall and Train station and can be reached easily by car or bus It costs around 55 NIS for adults ( 42 NIS for senior citizens ) and is free under 3 yrs Parking is a bit limited so it helps to get there early The layout of the Zoo is very compact but affords a wonderful feeling of nature with the mix of flora and fauna
There is a map to follow and there are scheduled feedings and shows that are worth seeing Small grass areas allow for resting and mini picnics Do use the restrooms just inside the main gate before going on the exciting tour There are also interactive displays along the route and I recommend about a 4 hr visit
Written December 11, 2016
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Ariela A
Boston, MA31 contributions
Jul 2016
I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA where we have a great zoo, so I wasn't expecting to be too impressed.
The zoo is a little hard to get to with public transport (2 buses from the city center), but it was well worth it!
There were a few animals I hadn't seen before and the zoo has a very relaxed and natural vibe. There's lots of grass and benches where people were having picnics or just relaxing, and the staff was very nice and helpful.
We loved the pygmy monkeys and watching the lions and chimps get fed (lions are only a couple times a week). The lion is given his food inside of a bag, which the trainer said is challenging for him to open and mimics the focus that would be required for catching food in the wild.
Overall, it was a very pleasant experience and I would definitely go back.
Also, we saw an animal that I don't ever remember seeing in real life, but did watch a TED talk about! (It's called a "tapir")
Written July 6, 2016
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Richard C
Bushey, England, United Kingdom155 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
Spent three hours today at this Zoo which was far too short to thoroughly enjoy this attraction. Make sure you allow more time. Must do - visit the lemurs and feed the lories.
Next time I am in Jerusalem I am going to set aside a whole day so I can do this Zoo justice.
Written April 4, 2015
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funstufftodo
Jerusalem, Israel10 contributions
I had a great time at the zoo. I'd recommend it mostly for families--90% of visitors when I was there tended to be large families. Try to go when the weather isn't too hot because the animals are lethargic in the sun. Also make sure to check out the lemurs during feeding time; you can actually walk in the middle of their area, and the zookeeper will explain the interesting social rascals. All in all it's a great break from the typical Jerusalem attractions.
Written November 20, 2010
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  • Sun - Thu 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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