A day at the zoo

As a journalist, I spend a lot of time in front of my computer, so it’s nice when an assignment gets me out of the office for a bit. It’s even nicer when the destination is The Phoenix Zoo on a beautiful autumn afternoon.

I was there to meet Yehuda Bar, the director of the Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat-Gan in Israel. Bar, who has been the director of the zoo for 17 years, is here for a two-day visit to The Phoenix Zoo, during which he’ll tour The Phoenix Zoo’s various facilities, including the Joyce Corrigan Memorial Animal Care Center, the Conservation Center and the Wild Science Workshop.

The purpose of the visit is for Bar and Bert Castro, President/CEO of the Arizona Zoological Society/Phoenix, to share ideas and to continue to build the relationship not just between the zoos, but the cities — Phoenix and Ramat-Gan are Sister Cities. Castro and a number of other Valley representatives, including Phoenix Vice Mayor Michael Johnson, visited Ramat-Gan last year to help celebrate its 90th anniversary; a visit to the Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat-Gan was part of the itinerary.

During my interview, Bar and Castro spoke about what they hope to learn from each other, the challenges that zoos face and the importance of zoological parks.

Want to know more? Read my article in the Nov. 1 issue of Jewish News.