This extremely popular nature preserve consists of three different sections, including a 12-square-km (4½-square-mile) natural habitat for biblical-era animals and birds. Roaming around are stripe-legged Africa wild asses, Dorcas gazelles, Arabian oryx, and other desert herbivores. Ostriches come prancing over, ready to stick their heads into your car windows. Try to be here in the morning, when the animals are most active. You need a car and a CD player if you want a "guided tour," which you can rent for 10 shekels. It takes about 45 minutes.
The 20-square-km (7¾-square-mile) Predators Center houses local birds and beasts of prey: foxes, wolves, spotted leopards, and striped hyenas. As you watch the hyena, notice that its front legs are stronger than its rear legs, enabling it to carry things a long distance. The birds of prey hang out in gigantic cages, where you'll see, among other species, the only lappet-face vultures left in Israel, with average wingspans of about 10 feet. In the pitch-black Nightlife Room, watch nocturnal animals that are active when we sleep: owls, desert hedgehogs, scorpions, and Egyptian fruit bats.