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Honolulu Zoo applies for accreditation approval

  • Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Honolulu Zoo officials welcomed visitors to the newly reopened Malay sun bear exhibit at the zoo on Wednesday.

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                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Honolulu Zoo offi cials showed off the newly reopened Malayan Sun Bear exhibit at the zoo Wednesday. Above, visitors watch as bears Blackie and Juwita venture into view in the new exhibit area.

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    Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Honolulu Zoo offi cials showed off the newly reopened Malayan Sun Bear exhibit at the zoo Wednesday. Above, visitors watch as bears Blackie and Juwita venture into view in the new exhibit area.

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                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Honolulu Zoo officials welcomed visitors to the newly reopened Malayan sun bear exhibit at the zoo on Wednesday.

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    Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Honolulu Zoo officials welcomed visitors to the newly reopened Malayan sun bear exhibit at the zoo on Wednesday.

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                                Malayan sun bears Juwita, a female, left, and Blackie, a male, frolicked and picked at a frozen snack.

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    Malayan sun bears Juwita, a female, left, and Blackie, a male, frolicked and picked at a frozen snack.

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Visitors checked out the newly reopened Malayan sun bear exhibit at the Zoo on Wednesday. Improvements to the exhibit include a renovated cave and climbing structure, in addition to landscaping upgrades.

    BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Visitors checked out the newly reopened Malayan sun bear exhibit at the Zoo on Wednesday. Improvements to the exhibit include a renovated cave and climbing structure, in addition to landscaping upgrades.

Honolulu Zoo officials this month submitted an application for accreditation to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and hope to win approval by April, some four years after the facility was stripped of its association status. Read more

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