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Animal Health Center

Honolulu Zoo’s Animal Health Center

The 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.

The 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.