42 acres of Honolulu’s plush land are dedicated to the Honolulu Zoo which is home to over 1,200 animals all housed in specially designed habitats. Originally King David Kalakaua’s private animal collection and a public park, the Honolulu Zoo has always been a place for animals to run free. The property has numerous exhibits to explore with your family for fun and educational purposes. If you visit Hawaii you have to make the Honolulu Zoo one of your must see locations.
In addition to the many exotic animals that call the zoo home several plant species also reside here. Rare plant life from all over the world can be seen as you make your way through the animal exhibits. There are also native plants that can only be found on the islands on display at the Honolulu Zoo.
With a focus on education the zoo constantly has events for both young and old to enjoy during their visit. For young ones there are events such as the Critters & Crafts program aimed at getting children involved with the preservation of zoo animals. Visitors will be able to experience a mini tour of the zoo, learn the difference between mammals and reptiles, and have a one on one with the zoo Ambassador Keiki. If you have older children or simply no children then come to the zoo for stargazing at the zoo where you enjoy a tour of the zoo with a portable planetarium and are able to view the stars through a telescope from one of the most beautiful islands in the world. It is both a relaxing and educational experience.
One other place you must visit at the zoo is the endangered species habitats such as the Nene, Black Rhino, and Nile crocodile. The Honolulu zoo is dedicated to preserving and breeding these species where possible.
If you find yourself on the breath-taking Hawaii islands you have to visit the Honolulu Island. Its exotic location coupled with exotic creatures will enhance your vacation and bring both education and awe-inspiration to your visit.