A child and a penguin have a moment.
(photo credit: MITELMAN MARIA)
On a weekday morning in April the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens are brimming with activity generated by their local residents and visitors from the outside world. A cocky mandrill puffs out his chest and struts his extraordinary blue and red rump for a delighted crowd of tourists on Segways. Two yellow-throated martens – male and female – go about their daily climbing routine without bother, despite a recent tiff whereby Mr. Marten ate Mrs. Marten’s tail entirely. A large school group boards the zoo train. The children chat while waiting for the journey to commence, and a teacher reprimands a boy for pestering his female classmates. The similarities between humans and the animal kingdom may not be as tenuous as we like to believe.The zoological gardens, or the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, is a delightful oasis that has been located just outside the Malha neighborhood since 1993. Before that it moved between various locations in Jerusalem since opening in 1941.