This pretty 4-acre child-centered zoo adjacent to Sachne (Gan Hashlosha National Park) and run by Kibbutz Nir David has as its focus the wildlife of Australia, and in particular kangaroos. There is much to keep children occupied, including feeding free-roaming kangaroos that are incredibly tame, feeding parrots, a petting zoo, and watching realistic and moving dinosaurs in a maze. For adults and older children, there is much interesting information to read in Hebrew, English or Arabic about dinosaurs and the wildlife of Australia. For example, did you know that over 1,000 species of dinosaurs have been discovered, of which 400 are carnivorous? And much more!
VISITING THE ZOO
Time: Allow at least 2 hours, and substantially more if the children spend a lot of time feeding the animals.
Directions: Enter “Gan Garoo Zoo“ into Waze. There is a free parking lot close to the entrance.
Admission: Hours during the winter are Sunday to Thursday: 9:00 am-3.00 or 4:00 pm, on Fridays and holiday eves: 9:00 am-3:00 pm, and on Saturdays and holidays: 9:00 am-5:00 pm. From July to August on Sundays-Thursdays and Saturdays: 9:00 am-8.00 pm, and on Friday and holiday eves 9.00 am-3.00 pm. But check on these times on their website during the appropriate season as the information is unclear. Admission is 59 nis for adults and children over 2 years and 47 nis for seniors. Their brochure is in Hebrew, but all one needs is the map. Their phone number is 04-6488060. This is their website.
A gift shop sells hot and cold drinks and snacks. There are, of course, WC’s. The facility tries its best to keep people comfortable in hot weather, and there are mist sprays on the paths. There is a fridge by the park entrance to keep your packed lunch cool. There is a recommendation to come after 5.00 pm during the summer as the weather is then cooler and the animals are more active.
It is recommended to walk around the park counter-clockwise. There is much to keep children occupied. This includes a maze (you are unlikely to get lost) with realistic dinosaurs many of which move if you press the nearby button, a petting farm, and of course feeding the kangaroos. At the entrance they give you change in 1 nis pieces, so you have money to pay for the kangaroo feed at one shekel a handful. Guides are continuously present in the kangaroo compound.