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Officials urged to ‘step up’ on zoo

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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.

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“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.”

George D. Szigeti

Chief executive, Hawaii Tourism Authority