Get Wild

Waikiki Magazine - - IPLAY - By Waikiki Team

Lo­cated next to Kapi‘olani Park, the Honolulu Zoo is a lit­tle jun­gle es­cape in the midst of Waikiki’s re­sort en­vi­rons. It was es­tab­lished in 1876 as part of King Kalakaua’s grant of royal lands to the peo­ple (the only such U.S. zoo with such ori­gins).

The zoo features 1,230 an­i­mals in spe­cially de­signed habi­tats. It’s an ideal place to ex­plore with the fam­ily, learn­ing about the crea­tures that in­habit the African Sa­vanna, Asian and Amer­i­can Trop­i­cal Forests and the Pa­cific Is­lands.

Vis­i­tors can fill a day at the zoo. Seek out the pop­u­lar ele­phants Mari and Va­gai, or snake your way through the rep­tile ex­hibit. Peek at the hip­popota­mus or watch the mon­keys at play. The new­est ad­di­tion to the Honolulu Zoo is the black and white (de­scented!) skunk, Pepe. Sched­uled to come out of quar­an­tine mid-Fe­bru­ary, he’ll be a part of the Keiki Zoo’s en­counter pro­gram, where kids can see an­i­mals up-close, how­ever are not al­lowed to touch them.

The Honolulu Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Ask about the spe­cial pro­grams such as the Twi­light Tours each Fri­day and Satur­day night, once-amonth Stargazing at the Zoo events and Keiki’s Night Out on Fri­day nights (good idea for a par­ents’ date night!).

PhOTO: hAWAii TOurism AuThOr­iTY (hTA) / TOr JOhn­sOn

cLOse en­cOun­Ters AT The hOnOLuLu ZOO. Honolulu Zoo 151 Ka­pahulu Ave. [C:12 Waikiki Map] (808) 971-7171 www.hon­olu­lu­zoo.org

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