The Honolulu Zoo is a beautifully landscaped 42-acred, municipally-owned and operated zoological and botanical garden located within Kapi`olani Park, just steps away from Waikīkī Beach. The Zoo provides residents and visitors to the islands opportunities to enjoy and learn about tropical fauna and flora.
HONOLULU ZOO’S MISSION:
The mission of the Honolulu Zoo is to inspire the stewardship of our living world by providing meaningful experiences to our guests. The Zoo emphasizes Pacific Tropical ecosystems and our traditional values of mālama (caring) and ho`okipa (hospitality).
The Honolulu Zoo is unique in that it is the only zoo in the United States to be established by grants made by a sovereign monarch.
In 1914, the City of Honolulu assumed responsibility for Kapi`olani Park and Ben Hollinger, the first Park Director for Kapi`olani Park, began collecting animals “for the children of Hawai`i.” His collection began with a monkey, bear and an African elephant. In 1947, 42.5 acres within Kapi`olani Park, was designated as the Honolulu Zoo. A Master Plan in 1984, was developed for a Tropical Zoological Garden. All exhibits were organized into three tropical ecological zones: the African Savanna, Asian and American Tropical Forests, and Pacific Islands.
There are approximately 900 different animals from the tropics that now reside at the Honolulu Zoo. Komodo Dragons, orangutans, elephants, primates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and a variety of African animals can be viewed in their specially-designed habitats daily.
Animal Feeding Times!
(not on Tuesdays)
|3:15pm (not on Mondays)|
Gibbons sing about 9:30am, daily