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Officials urged to ‘step up’ on zoo


    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.”

    George D. Szigeti

    Chief executive, Hawaii Tourism Authority

Both the city administration and the nonprofit Honolulu Zoo Society need to do more to ensure the longevity of the zoo, particularly providing more stable funding, current and former elected officials insist. Read more

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