The Honolulu Zoo [+ Sponsor Spotlight]

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It's been a while since I posted a Hawaii post up in here - so I figured I was way overdue, huh!?  A couple of weeks back my cousin, Alika, from the Big Island brought her third son here with her for a work trip/weekend getaway.  He was so excited.  One of the things he wanted to do was check out the zoo.  So myself, my aunty, my nephew, Noah, and CJ tagged along for the trip.
I love that we can bring food into the zoo because it is a huge money saver for those tourist trap food stations.  I packed a punch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and snack packs, while my cousin brought the waters and juice.
I absolutely love the new elephant exhibit.  It opened up about a year or so ago.  Now the elephants are SUPER up close and personal, opposed to hidden in their old exhibit.  Plus they have a ton more room to roam around and be much more free.  It was fun to watch this fella (or bella?) swish up the grass with his trunk and then swoop it up into his mouth.  Took me a few shots to capture him eating!  I shoulda just taped it!

 How stunning are the giraffes?  I love giraffes.  As a kid, it was on the top of my list to visit when my Dad would take me to this very zoo.  Although, for some reason, I remember being able to climb up a viewing deck to get a closer look at the faces of the giraffe.  Not sure if that was just my imagination, or if the zoo had a viewing deck like that - maybe I should ask??  At any rate - I love the exhibits here because they don't have fences or anything like and it kinda feels like you're just right there experiencing the animals in their own habitat.  Super cool

 After we toured the zoo (lions and tigers included - though they were behind very safe glass and fencing) the kids went into the keiki zoo where the could climb through a tunnel in the middle of the koi fish pond, check out some cows up close, visit with the goats and check out a mini horse and some sheep.

There are a ton of animals that I didn't take pictures of that are at the zoo.  Some of them include: flamingos, storks, lions, tigers, foxes, mere cats, alligators, tortoises, snakes, warthogs, monkeys, orangutans, chimpanzees and others.


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  1. I LOVE the zoo!! this is awesome, giraffes are one of my faves!

  2. They were my favorite as a kid!! If you ever visit Hawaii - you should definitely stop by the Zoo then go across the street to the Aquarium and finish it by taking a dip at the beach outside of the aquarium and right across the Zoo!


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