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Honolulu Zoo

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Honolulu Zoo in Waikiki

The Honolulu Zoo is part of Queen Kapiolani park and is the only zoo in the United States to be established by land grants from a reigning monarch. In 1877 the marshes and lagoons were drained and Queen Kapiolani park was created in order to honor the queen consort to King Kalakaua. King Kalakaua used the park as a home for his personal collection of exotic birds and horses.

In 1914 the City and County of Honolulu appointed Ben Hollinger as the administrator of the Parks and Recreation. Under his purview the collection of animals at the park continued to grow with the additions of a monkey, a bear, and several lion cubs. In 1916 he convinced the City and County to purchase an African elephant named Daisy and with that addition Honolulu had a zoo.

In 1949 the zoo continued to expand its collection of animals by purchasing an elephant, a bactrian camel, sea lions, several species of birds, spider monkeys and a tortoise. Again in 1974 the zoo accepted donations of an elephant, a camel, chimpanzees and some deer. Also in the 1990's the layout of the zoo was changed in order to simulate more natural settings for the animals. The zoo continues to operate today and is enjoyed by more than 600,000 people a year.

The museum hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm daily, and the general admission fees are Adults 13 and over $14.00, children 3-12 $6.00, the zoo also provides Kama~aina and military discounts with valid ID.