Poor reviews of the Honolulu zoo from visitors and trip advisories were some of the reasons the City and County of Honolulu and zoo director Manuel Mollinedo devised a six-year plan to turn the Waikiki attraction around. Here is a breakdown of some budgeted renovations.
Zoo entrance. Already completed.
Reconstruction of the Asian Tropical Forest Elephant Facility; includes installation of two 55,000-gallon pools. Scheduled completion: October 2011.
Discovery center for lectures and training. Construction scheduled to begin in 2016.*
Wastewater filtration system
for the hippopotamus exhibit.
Completion: July 2014.*
Refurbish parking lot.
Scheduled construction start: July 2011.
New reptile and amphibian complex. Design plans due 2013; scheduled construction start: 2016.*