Lion and lioness Lion and lioness A couple of lions lay in the grass. (Photo: Flavio~ / Flickr)

Take a visual journey through the Ramat Gan Safari

Minutes from Tel Aviv, animals from around the world roam around 250 acres of nature.

The Zoological Center Tel Aviv — Ramat Gan boasts not just variety, but acreage. Over a thousand species of animals roam on the 250-acre safari designed to parallel conditions of their natural habitats. Best of all, the Ramat Gan Safari is only a few miles from downtown Tel Aviv, so anyone can connect with nature in just minutes. 

Hippos in the lakeHippos nap in the water. (Photo: Shai Barzilay/Flickr)

A large lake in the safari area acts as a watering hole for hippos, rhinos, deer, and various water birds. Here, guests can observe feeding and social behaviors.

Eland antelope herdA herd of eland antelope find shade under a tree during a hot afternoon. (Photo: Protasov AN/Shutterstock)

Animals are free to roam in herds as they would in their natural environment, through open fields and shady groves. 

LionessA lioness looks out from her treetop post. (Photo: Flavio~/Flickr)

Visitors can drive through the safari in their own cars — though the lion enclosure comes with a warning: windows up! The park also offers several guided tours — one for every time of day, in fact. For an up-close visit in the lion's night house, visitors can take the park's romance-themed Midnight Tour. 

ZebraA zebra basks in the evening light. (Photo: Flavio~/Flickr)

The morning and evening tours are a favorite among wildlife photographers; the animals are more active and the setting sun provides beautiful lighting.

White Indian peafowlA white Indian peafowl saunters through the garden. (Photo: Shai Barzilay/Flickr)

Exotic birds roam around the park, which also has an enclosed zoo area. The lush greenery makes for an exciting animal watching experience.

Ring-tailed lemursRing-tailed lemurs frolic in the grass. (Photo: Shai Barzilay/Flickr)

The park also plays host to many locally and internationally endangered species, many of which are involved in breeding programs.

Orangutan and babyAn orangutan mother holds her baby. (Photo: israeltourism/Flickr)

Among the success stores, the story of orangutan Rochale stands out. After 10 years without any new orangutan babies at the park, Rochale successfully gave birth to her baby ape at the age of 41 in 2010.

White rhinoceros A white rhinoceros, known for its square mouth, grazes in the safari. (Photo: Flavio~/Flickr)

In a similar scenario, 15 years passed until rhinoceros Tanda gave birth to her first baby rhino, Tibor. 

Baby gorillaA young gorilla rests on a boulder. (Photo: Shai Barzilay/Flickr)

Visitors might catch a glimpse of other baby animals as well, including little gorillas. In 1998, the zoo fostered the first birth of a baby gorilla, who they named Aladdin. 

Baby chimpA baby chimpanzee cuddles its mother. (Photo: israeltourism/Flickr)

Chimpanzee families also live in the safari. 

BaboonsBaboons watch over a playful baby. (Photo: Misha K. /Flickr)

Even the smallest of baboons have opportunities to learn and grow.

SlothA sloth relaxes among the tree branches. (Photo: israeltourism/Flickr)

Looking up into the trees, safari adventurers see more than just birds — sloths move slowly as molasses across the branches... 

Emperor tamarinAn emperor tamarin monkey does what he does best — climbing among the treetops. (Photo: Flavio~/Flickr)

... while agile tamarins seem to defy gravity. 

Grey crowned craneA grey crowned crane flaunts its eccentric plumage. (Photo: Flavio~/Flickr)

Of course, there are birds — some of the strangest looking varieties. 

Through its educational and breeding programs, the park contributes to both local and global conservation efforts. 

"The Safari's educational purpose is to promote the conservation of nature," the park's website reads, "from the belief that we love what we know, and we preserve what we love."

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