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Honolulu Zoo returns to opening 7-day a week

Directional arrows and social distancing markers can be found fronting the entrance to the Honolulu Zoo.

HONOLULU – Starting Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Honolulu Zoo will be returning to a 7-day a week schedule. The zoo will now be open every day from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with the grounds closing at 3:30 p.m.

“The Honolulu Zoo is one of the city’s many great outdoor attractions and a place to learn about conservation and protecting the animals of our planet,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “As we approach the holidays, the zoo is a great and safe place, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, for families to take their children where they can be outdoors, enjoy nature, and learn about the many endangered animals living at the zoo, all while practicing physical distancing and wearing face coverings.”

The zoo’s safety protocols are still in effect for workers and visitors, including mandatory face coverings (except for children under five and those with medical conditions), physical distance markers at exhibits, and ushers to moderate and limit the number of visitors allowed in certain sections of the zoo at one time.

About the Honolulu Zoo:

The mission of the Honolulu Zoo is to inspire stewardship of our living world by providing meaningful conservation education and experiences to our community. The zoo emphasizes the Pacific Tropical ecosystems and our values of mālama (caring) and hoʻokipa (hospitality).

The Honolulu Zoo is a 42-acre facility with approximately 800 animals and 80 staff. It is one of only two U.S. zoos with an open air, tropical climate facility year-round. The Honolulu Zoo is also a botanical garden with a growing native plant collection. The flora in the zoo are grown to provide habitat and buffer zones for the animals, as well as shade and food. Grounds keeping staff maintain growth to safely and properly support and enhance exhibit areas. The zoo composts its animal and plant waste and uses it to keep plants healthy. Two of the zoo’s support partners, the Honolulu Zoo Society and Service Systems Associates, contribute tremendously to the zoo’s conservation efforts. Staff maintain, manage, check, assess, repair, and improve exhibits and grounds every day of the year. Staff daily uphold USDA and AZA standards. Squirt the giraffe has recently been voted the mayor of Honolulu Zoo.


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