Tel Aviv Zoo

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Tel Aviv Zoo
TA Zoo Elephants.jpg
Elephants in Tel Aviv Zoo, 1950
Date opened 1938[1]
Date closed 1980[2]
Location Tel Aviv, Israel
Coordinates 32°4′56.97″N 34°46′49.74″E / 32.0824917°N 34.7804833°E / 32.0824917; 34.7804833Coordinates: 32°4′56.97″N 34°46′49.74″E / 32.0824917°N 34.7804833°E / 32.0824917; 34.7804833

The Tel Aviv Zoo was a zoo founded in 1938 and located in central Tel Aviv, Israel. The zoo was closed in 1980 and now the Gan Ha'Ir shopping mall occupies this site.[2]


Plaque at Gan Ha'Ir to Mordecai Schornstein, who founded the zoo in 1938

When Rabbi Dr. Mordecai Schornstein arrived in Tel Aviv from Copenhagen in 1935, he had purchased some animals in Italy, and started a pet shop at 15 Shenkin Street which he named ‘Gan Hayot’ (‘zoo’ in Hebrew). In 1938 he started the zoo at 65 Hayarkon Street. After some lions and tigers were donated to the zoo, it caused too much disruption in the neighborhood, and was moved to its location behind city hall in 1939.[1][3]

In the late 1960s and the 1970s the zoo was one of the few zoos in the world to successfully breed flamingos.[4]

In 1981, the animals were moved out of the city to the Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan. The Gan Ha'Ir shopping mall now occupies the site of the former zoo.[2] The zoo was home to four elephants when it was closed, two of which were moved to Ramat Gan and two of which were moved elsewhere. Three are still alive as of 2010.[5]


  1. ^ a b "The Tel-Aviv Zoo". Farkash Gallery. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Neiman, Rachel (29 August 2010). "Nostalgia Sunday – Tel Aviv Zoo". Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Once upon a time there was a Zoo". City of Tel Aviv-Yafo. Archived from the original on February 26, 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Abram, M. (1972). "Breeding of Flamingo in the Zoo Tel-Aviv". The Journal of Zoo Animal Medicine. American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. 3 (1): 42–44. doi:10.2307/20094128. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Relocated elephants from Tel Aviv Zoo in Israel". Elephant Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 

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