Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem to be expanded

The Jerusalem Municipality has approved plans to expand the city's popular Biblical Zoo, the city said Monday. The proposal, which was unanimously backed by the city and is now pending state approval, will see the area of the zoo increase from 250 dunams today to nearly 390 dunams. "The expansion plan will make the Jerusalem Zoo one of the most beautiful cornerstones in Jerusalem," said Yehoshua Pollack, the head of the city's planning and construction committee. The city's zoo has become the country's top tourist attraction with an entry fee, with nearly 700,000 visitors a year, the city said.