Established in 1986, it is the only municipal zoo in the Palestinian territories. The zoo houses 170 animals, a natural history museum, a children's entertainment park, and an on-site restaurant. The zoo's survival has been attributed to the hard work and dedication of its resident veterinarian, Dr Sami Khader and his staff. The second intifada had an impact on the zoo as a giraffe frightened by the sound of gunfire was killed when it ran into a pole. Ruti, his pregnant partner, miscarried ten days later. Three zebras died after inhaling tear gas used to break up a demonstration at a high school adjacent to the zoo.
© Nadine Fraczkowski