By Allison Schaefers email@example.com
March 28, 2016
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Fundraising is one area that officials agree can be improved upon at the Honolulu Zoo. The nonprofit Honolulu Zoo Society’s cash contributions over the past five years have averaged just 5 percent of the zoo’s operating budget. Meanwhile, the majority of operating funds at other AZA-accredited zoos typically comes from private fundraising.
“The zoo is going in the right direction, and care for the animals is superb and that matters most of all. … If AZA feels the zoo isn’t getting enough county funding, it’s likely because those funds are being expended on higher-priority issues involving human lives.”