Spend a Day at the Zoo

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Located in the heart of Waikīkī lies an award-winning urban jungle inhabited by more than 1,200 mammals, birds and reptiles.

HONOLULU ZOO is the only zoo in the United States that originated in a king’s grant when, in 1876, King David Kalākaua made lands of the Lē‘ahi Crown Holdings available “to the people of Hawai‘i.”

Today, the zoo remains a place of natural beauty and is home to wildlife that includes Asian elephants, hippopotamuses, ring- tailed lemurs, Galápagos tortoises, Komodo dragons and native species of birds and plants, including the Hawaiian hawk and nēnē (Hawaiian goose).

Among the zoo’s newest attractions is the ECOTHERM COMPLEX . Here, you’ll fi nd a Burmese python, elongated tortoises and a giant African snail. In recent years, the zoo has welcomed three male Sumatran tiger cubs, the fi rst births at the zoo since 1981. You’ll also fi nd an orangutan named Violet. She’s a San Diego Zoo transplant who has made herself right at home thanks to Rusti, her mate. The zoo’s newest residents are four female African penguins who were introduced to the male fl ock.

Many of animals in this 42-acre zoo are housed in open-air enclosures. In the 12-acre AFRICAN SAVANNA , which resembles the natural habitat, animals roam freely behind disguised barriers. Look for giraff es, plains zebras, cheetahs, lions and rhinoceroses (both white and black).

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