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May 16, 2016

Think About It: Much To Do With The Zoo

The Honolulu Zoo has seen its share of publicity lately, and most of it has not been the kind of publicity zoos usually seek, like when there's the birth of some cute cub. Losing zoo directors, animals, and accreditation is not the way to secure a bright future for this beloved city treasure. So a solid plan, let's call it a medium-term plan, is essential to help restore confidence in the facility and to help it get back on the accreditation list, which, fair or not, will affect the ability to have animals brought here. And a zoo without animals is, well, just another overgrown park with fencing.

What's missing right now is leadership and a commitment. Either we are going to ramp up and create a meaningful animal experience for locals and tourists alike or else stop pretending that we care about continuing this venture. This zoo first starting collecting animals in 1914- that's over a hundred years ago, and with leadership, innovation, guts, and a firm commitment, the Honolulu Zoo could be upgraded, retro-fitted, revamped or whatever else you want to call it to get it where it needs to be. No, it will not be top-of-the-charts world class, for now, but it surely can be improved and see better days ahead.

Ah, but is there the willingness of leaders? Is there someone who can take control to help ensure that both the public and private sectors rally to provide the much needed funding, energy, and ideas to make this zoo a better place? This is not about caring zoo employees who do the best they can with limited resources. It's about vision, attention, commitment, and results. So please, no more political games or political gains at the expense of showcased animals. No more speeches on saving the zoo. Let's actually do it. Think about it…

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