Eastern Gush Etzion is home to Herodian, the magnificent palace/fortress and burial site of King Herod and later a refuge for Judeans rebelling against Rome. It’s now a haven for exotic animals at nearby Sde Bar, lovingly collected by Shlomo Horowitz and enjoyed by children of all ages. He speaks with Eve Harow about caring for creatures large and small in this still strategic area at desert’s edge.