Pet Zoo

Pet Zoo Kibbutz Shiller is a small, private kibbutz petting zoo. The kibbutz has had a pet zoo for many years, built and run by Randy, a great American man. When he retired, the pet zoo stood empty for a number of years, until my lovely friend S. and I decided to try and revive it. With the help of many kibbutz parents and children, we built a lively, happy petting zoo which we run with great pleasure and which the children of the daycare facilities visit regularly. The pet zoo is a great adventure and a learning curve – we do research, learn as we go on, make mistakes and also have successes. We have rabbits, guinea pigs, cats, chickens, two species of ducks, guinea fowl, peafowl and quail. My ambition is to add a reptile species of some sort, like tortoises, and S. would dearly love to have pygmy goats. Maybe in future days!

This is my first attempt at a blog. I felt the need to document and describe my experiences as a Dutch expatriate, mother of 3 boys, freelance translator and pet zoo keeper in a kibbutz in Israel (the “Holy Land”, although it can be quite unholy at times). I have always been an animal lover and am irresistably drawn to care for all kinds of animals. My husband found me as a volunteer, helping to milk the cows in the kibbutz dairy, and knew immediately the right way to ask me out was to invite me for a swim with his two dogs 🙂 This was back in 2001, 15 years have passed since, the dogs are both not with us any more, but in their place is an array of cats, rabbits, chickens and countless other animals. This is my way to document my fascination with these animals, recount my experiences and hopefully make an interesting blog! Enjoy!

Tarnegolita (“Little Chicken” in Hebrew)

“Before and After” pictures: