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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    March 8, 2006

  Release M-24-06





            Mayor Mufi Hannemann today (Wednesday, March 8, 2006), dedicated the Honolulu Zoo’s new Keiki Zoo, a $5.1 million interactive complex that lets visitors get up close to appreciate each of a wide range of animals from fish and guinea pigs to horses and cows.

            Formally known as the Animal Encounter Discovery Center, the Keiki Zoo replaces the current Children’s Zoo and, despite its name, is intended to educate, inform and amaze visitors of all ages. Work began in February 2005 and is substantially complete. Ralph S. Inouye Co. was the primary contractor.

            “This Keiki Zoo is a marvelous addition to the Honolulu Zoo,” said Hannemann. “It’s only the latest in our program of improvements to the zoo.”

            The Keiki Zoo comes on the heels of the construction of the Honolulu Zoo’s veterinary clinic and the new home for Rusti and Violet, the zoo’s orangutans. Like those projects, the Keiki Zoo was built with the help of private funds from the Honolulu Zoological Society. 

            “We extend a very big mahalo to the Honolulu Zoological Society and its president, Gary Slovin for providing more than one million dollars – 20 percent of the funding – for this project,” said Hannemann. “This is a fine example of the public-private partnerships that my administration is seeking to leverage public funds to greater effect.”



            Sid Quintal, Director of Enterprise Services, 527-5415


Wednesday, March 08, 2006

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