A new national aquarium in Jerusalem will give tourists and Israelis alike a look into Israel’s deep seas. Ecologists hope the new aquarium will raise awareness and promote conservation of these marine animals.
Until now, the only place to see marine life in Israel was the Red Sea underwater observatory at Coral World in Eilat.
The deep-blue walls of the national aquarium will encompass aquatic animals from sharks to seahorses, but no mammals. Signage in Hebrew, Arabic and English will explain what makes each species special and how to help save them from manmade threats…
“The focus throughout the facility is on conservation,” says Wexler [the zoo’s development director]. “By reaching out to our visitors, we try to influence people’s behavior and values toward the natural world. We also use our expertise to engage in research and breeding programs, thus working towards the conservation of aquatic animals. We already conduct breeding and conservation work for various critically endangered freshwater species at the Biblical Zoo’s Wet Side Story exhibit, including local species like the Galilee blind shrimp and the Yarkon bleak.”