The Zoological Center Tel Aviv - Ramat Gan or "Safari" occupies 250 acres of nature in the heart of a densely populated urban area in Israel: “Africa in the heart of Israel”.
The word ‘Safari” is colloquial Swahili for ‘journey’. We invite you, our visitors, to embark on a fascinating journey into the lives of animals in the African savannah, without leaving Ramat Gan. As in their natural habitat on the continent of Africa, the animals wander freely in large herds. Like tourists in Africa, be guests of nature and watch the typical behaviour of the animals: their feeding habits, the social behaviour of the great herds, activities, and resting patterns. You will be able to see the differences between males and the females, and you may be lucky enough to witness mating rituals and power struggles, and see how females raise their offspring.
The Safari has the largest animal collection in the Middle East and is unique in the world because of the large herds of mixed species of African animals that roam the spacious African Park. The African Park and the zoo are home to 1,600 animals of different species, amongst them 68 species of mammals, 130 species of fowl, and 25 species of reptiles.
The zoo contains a variety of animals from around the world. Especially notable are its breeding herds of African and Asian elephants, the gorilla, chimpanzee, and orangutan families, the hippo herd, and the pride of lions.
The Safari participates in 25 international programs for endangered species. It is a partner in breeding and reproduction programs and in research projects. The Safari is a member of international zoological organizations and cooperates in research and knowledge transfer between zoos and nature preservation organizations worldwide.
The Safari's educational purpose is to promote the conservation of nature - from the belief that we love what we know, and we preserve what we love.
The bird genus Balearica consists of two species in the crane family Gruidae: the Black Crowned Crane (B. pavonina) and the Grey Crowned Crane (B. regulorum).
The species today occur only in Africa, south of the Sahara Desert, and are the only cranes that can nest in trees. This habitat is one reason why the relatively small Balearica cranes are believed to closely resemble the ancestral members of the Gruidae.
Like all cranes, they eat insects, reptiles, and small mammals.
- Copyright: Assi Dvilanski (asival) (5299)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-04-16
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2011-04-17 1:52