Absalom, from the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, and Moti, from the Zoological Center Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan, were donated by Israel to the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa in Pretoria.
(Embassy of Israel, Pretoria)
Two male Israeli chimpanzees arrived in South Africa from Isarel. Absalom, from the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, and Moti, from the Zoological Center Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan, were donated by Israel to the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa in Pretoria. After a long flight, Moti and Absalom are safe and sound in the NZG’s animal hospital for a 30-day quarantine period. If all is well, they will then be transferred to their permanent home in the chimp enclosures.
Michael Freeman, Israel’s Deputy Ambassador noted that "this is the third in a series of partnerships between Israeli and South African zoos. We sent gorillas over in the past and a rhinoceros from here was sent to Israel."
The Zoological Center Tel Aviv – Ramat Gan or "Safari" has the largest animal collection in the Middle East and is unique in the world because of the large herds of mixed species of African animals that roam the spacious African Park. The Safari participates in 25 international programs for endangered species. It is a partner in breeding and reproduction programs and in research projects. The Safari is a member of international zoological organizations and cooperates in research and knowledge transfer between zoos and nature preservation organizations worldwide.
The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem – The Biblical Zoo maintains a zoological collection under optimal living conditions, in an effort to preserve rare animals and species threatened with extinction. Prominently featured in the collection are animals from the Land of Israel, with special emphasis on those species mentioned in the Bible.