he Honolulu Zoo’s Animal Health Center was completed in late 2005. It is our first purpose built animal hospital. The main building encompasses around 7,000 square feet and we also have a separate 700 square foot quarantine building. The new hospital provides an efficient medical facility and is a great improvement in our ability to provide medical care for our zoo animals. We have separate areas to provide treatment, intensive care, nursery, surgery, xray, isolation, laboratory services, animal holding, post mortem, and quarantine. Inside animal hospital rooms allow us to separate mammals, birds, and reptiles. Pools in the floors of the animal rooms allow us to house aquatic animals.
Animal Health Center was built in the Monsarrat and Paki corner of the zoo grounds. This location allows separation of sick and quarantined animals away from the rest of the zoo, and provides some isolation from disturbance for injured and sick animals. The orientation of rooms within the building and external barriers reduce disturbance coming from the nearby streets.
The ground space surrounding the hospital was large enough that displaced “browse gardens” could be relocated to allow continued cultivation of edible feedstuffs.
Last Spring, our female Sumatran Tiger Djelita (“DJ”) turned 25 years old. Born March 26th, 1991 at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, and she moved here to the Honolulu Zoo on November 25th 1992. We’re incredibly proud that The Guinness Book of World Records recently notified us that Djelita was the oldest living tiger in captivity at 25 years and 22 days old. Unfortunately in April of this past year, Djelita had to be euthanized due to health issues related to her age but it’s the work of our animal health center, wonderful zookeepers and veterinary staff that makes the Honolulu Zoo a place where Djelita and other animals can live a long, happy and healthy life!Donate Now