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Posts Tagged ‘zoo’

MK Amsalem Touring Prisons: ‘Zoo Monkeys Have More Living Space than Inmates’

Monday, June 27th, 2016

“The terrible congestion in which inmates in Israel live is unacceptable,” Internal Affairs Committee Chairman MK David Amsalem (Likud) said on Sunday as the committee members were touring Hasharon and Ofek prisons. “Even monkeys in the zoo have more living space. Four and a half square meters [for each inmate] is crowded compared with international standards, and we are not even complying with that.”

Amsalem demanded statistics on the level of congestion in each prison. “Together with the Israel Prisons Service (IPS), we will develop a multi-year plan which I will advance in conjunction with the Treasury and the Ministry of Public Security,” he said.

MK Akram Hasoon (Kulanu) said that the fact that “so many inmates are not rehabilitated and return to prison” is a “cause for concern.” According to Hasson, the state invests some $770 thousand in each prisoner. “The question is whether we are making correct use of this money. Is there synchronization between the welfare authorities and the IPS?”

MK Osama Sa’adi (Joint Arab List) said, “We must find ways to fill the prisoners’ time, rather than leave them closed up in their cells. We need education, employment and a lot of sports. In the Ofek youth prison I saw many positive things.”

IPS Commissioner Ofra Klinger said, “We have increased the number of rehabilitation frameworks. They were half empty, and now they are being filled. Prison time is an opportunity, not only for the inmate, but for the state as well. If a prisoner is given a chance to perceive himself differently, he will understand that change is possible. The state invests a lot of money in the IPS, but not in facilities. A person who lives in dishonorable conditions cannot make use of the resources at his disposal. There is no argument that we must build more prisons. Currently, some 40% of prisoners live in inadequate facilities.”

JNi.Media

Just Chillin’

Monday, May 16th, 2016

It’s hot outside. The animals at the Ramat Gan Safari are cooling off as best they can.

Ramat Gan Safari

Ramat Gan Safari

Ramat Gan Safari

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Where Do Shofars Come From?

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

A guide at the Gush Etzion Zoo (bet you didn’t there was one of those in Gush Etzion) explains to Junior High School students how to extract the ram horn shell after it dried, and eventually make it into a shofar, on September 15, 2014.

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Back Surgery for Bears

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Mango, a 19-year-old male Syrian brown bear, rests on a bed as zoo veterinarians and staff prepare him for surgery in the Ramat Gan Zoological Center’s animal hospital near Tel Aviv, Israel, on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

The 250 kilogram (550 pound) Syrian brown bear is going into surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back after it was discovered in an x-ray.

Jewish Press Staff

Jerusalem’s Newest Lion Is Swedish

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

A new Asiatic Lion from a zoo in Sweden made his first public appearance at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo on January 30, 2014.

He was a bit confused after the long travel and a little shocked by the Jerusalem sun. You don’t get much of that in Sweden.



Back in December 2013, the Asian lion exhibit became empty, after Leider, the male the lion, had passed away of old age, and Ilania, the female, was experiencing health problems.

Now Jerusalem once again has a male lion, and he’s gorgeous.

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Yori Yanover

Jerusalem Zoo Prepares to Receive Israel’s Newest Oleh

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

A new and rare Asiatic lion is to land at Ben Gurion Airport on a flight from Sweden Thursday night and will take up lodgings at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, taking the place of the male lion that died last summer at the age of 16.

The newcomer, named Gir, is aged 2 and will join the zoo’s resident lioness Ileniya, who is 16 years old.

Zookeepers said they will make sure the youngster and the older female appear ready to get along with each other before letting them roam in the same den.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Peres Doesn’t Look a Gift Elephant in the Mouth

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

A well-trained elephant at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo gave visiting President Shimon Peres a gift on Tuesday, using his trunk to place in the President’s hand a small package containing the key to Noah’s Ark.

President Peres was visiting the zoo on the occasion of its 20th anniversary in its location in southern Israel, behind the Malcha mall. He was accompanied by the Youth Movement organization, a group of Jews and Arabs who volunteer at the zoo to help out and save endangered species.

Peres was upbeat in a great message for children “to leave their homes, Facebooks and smartphones” during the summer vacation and come to the zoo to experience nature.

Except for mentioning that the zoo symbolizes the Bible, the President made no mention of Noah, who saved animals as well as his family from the Flood. Nor did he make any mention of Jewish dietary laws and the prohibition of cooking an animal in its mother’s milk. Nothing was heard about the mitzva of making sure the mother bird is not in the next when tlking the eggs.

True, it was an elephant and not a dove that gave Peres the gift, perhaps in honor of his never-ending 90th birthday, but he didn’t miss an opportunity to deliver another message about – what else? –  Peace.

Somehow, he worked in the zoo with peace, saying,“ The zoo symbolizes the Bible along with the values of peace and co-existence,” referring to the group of Arab and Jewish youth.

President Peres continued his visit by taking a ride with the children and feeding the elephants and parrots.

The parrot, of course, says one word – Shalom – which, lest the elephant forget, not only means “Shalom” and “hello” but also means “good-bye.”

It is not known if Peres got the the message.

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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