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Zoo’s accreditation is denied

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Zoo officials announced Tuesday that it had lost its Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation. AZA officials cited the lack of a consistent and adequate funding source as a key reason for the denial. Honolulu Zoo visitors watched its Indian elephants Tuesday.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Honolulu Zoo announced Tuesday that it had lost its Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation, a major setback with regard to breeding and acquiring exotic and rare animals. A two-toed sloth ate an apple at the Honolulu Zoo on Tuesday in Waikiki.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Rusti the orangutan roamed his enclosure as people watched.

The Honolulu Zoo could lose as many as 90 exotic animals on loan through animal exchange programs after the Association of Zoos and Aquariums this week denied the Waikiki facility’s request for reaccreditation. Read more

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