Significant Breeding

Victoria Crowned Pigeons

Continued Propagation of Victoria Crowned Pigeons

Surinam Toads

Continued Propagation of Surinam Toads

Nene Restoration Project

Successful Breeding, Rearing, and Release of Nene as part of the Nene Restoration Project since 1949


First captive Breeding and Rearing of Cassowaries on May 13, 1951

Japanese Sacred Cranes

Propagation of Japanese Sacred Cranes from 1952-1960 

Indian Pied Hornbills

First captive Breeding and Rearing of Indian Pied Hornbills in 1953

Galapagos Tortoises

The Honolulu Zoo was the first to breed Galapagos tortoises in an American zoo. 1954, 1967-71.


Breeding and births of over 50 Giraffes since 1960.

Burmese Mountain Tortoises

Hatching and Rearing of seventy-one Burmese Mountain Tortoises since 1979

Angulated tortoises

The Honolulu Zoo was the first American Zoo to breed this species in 1983.

Madagascar Angulated/Ploughshare Tortoise

First zoo to Breed and Hatch Madagascar Angulated/Ploughshare Tortoise in 1983.

Johnson’s Crocodiles

First American Zoo to Breed and Hatch Johnson’s Crocodiles in 1987.

Birds of Paradise

One of a few zoos breeding this family of birds. 1991-present.

Three species were bred here to date:
– Superb bird of paradise
– Magnificent bird of paradise
– Raggiana bird of paradise

Golden Lion Tamarin

Two zoo-bred animals were re-introduced into the forests of Brazil as part of the captive-breeding program. 1992-94.

Apapane Honey Creepers

First Captive Breeding and Rearing of Native Hawaiian Apapane Honey Creepers in June 1996.

Crocodile Monitor Lizards

Breeding and Hatching of nine Crocodile Monitor Lizards in 1999.

Komodo Dragons

Breeding and Hatching of seven Komodo Dragons on September 16, 2000. 

Matamata Turtles

Breeding and Hatching of sixteen Matamata Turtles for  2001.

Sumatran Tiger

The Zoo’s first tiger cubs were born the later part of 2008. The three cubs were a very popular addition to our zoo family.

In 2011, 2 cubs went to new homes: Ke‘Ahi to Yagiyama Zoo in Sendai, Japan and Malosi to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

On October 17, 2012, Tondi, the last of the Zoo’s three Sumatran tiger cubs born in 2008, was transferred to Parc des Felins in France.

Visit the Parc des Felins’s Facebook page  to see Tondi’s new home and meet his potential mate, Isha!


Galapagos tortoises
Golden lion tamarin

The Zoo's Current Animal Population

  • Reptile: 44 species – 310 specimens
  • Amphibian: 10 species – 27 specimens
  • Bird: 127 species – 465 specimens
  • Mammal: 39 species – 112 specimens
  • Arachnida: 1 species – 1 specimens
  • Total: 221 species – 905 specimens
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