Honolulu Zoo accreditation letter
2016 April 1 CTY - HSA Photo by Jamm Aquino.
Violet, a female orangutan on loan from another AZA zoo, is seen on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Honolulu Zoo in Waikiki. The City received the formal letter from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) on March 31, 2016, which affirms that a lack of consistent funding is the overriding reason for the Honolulu Zoo losing its accreditation last Monday. In the letter, Chuck Wikenhauser, chair of the AZA’s Accreditation Committee, states animals at the zoo are being “well cared for by staff” and the organization is encouraged by the “dedicated leadership” and strategic plan put forth by Honolulu Zoo director Baird Fleming. Fleming maintains that many animals on loan, including a female orangutan named Violet, a male Africa lion, a male Sumatran tiger, as well as others from other AZA zoos will not be transferred or removed from their current exhibits.