It is supposed to rain all week next week and since I am alone with the kiddos for a couple of weeks I HAD to get them out of the house while I could. I have been been meaning to go to the Aloha Zoo for a long time and my neighbor has been singing it’s praises; so finally today we went!
Firstly, let me say, don’t go into it expecting a typical zoo experience. Aloha Zoo is more of an animal sanctuary and rescue facility than an actual zoo and is almost completely run by volunteers. Almost all the animals residing there have been rescued from unfortunate circumstances: a giraffe who had been kept in a garage until his growth was stunted, a pig who had been left in an undersized collar until the collar grafted into it’s skin, and several tigers and a bear saved from euthanasia and malnutrition, to name a few.
The basic cost of admission is $8 per person, but there are many ways to add to your zoo experience. I strongly recommend taking the “safari” for an added cost of $3. On the safari you can see animals such as camels, zebras, bison, and antelope and bread is provided to feed the animals. A tour guide accompanies you on the safari and can provide a lot of information on the animals as a species as well as their individual rescue stories. My son had a blast throwing bread and watching all the animals run alongside the trailer. When you purchase admission you have the option to buy food for the animals that aren’t on the safari (not including the giraffe, who eats carrots from your hand for an additional $1). There are a ton of goats and pigs and peacocks that you can feed, but personally I don’t think it’s worth the additional $3. If you were to opt out of the safari the extra food might be worth it.
The Aloha Zoo was a great family experience. For more info, check out http://www.alohasafarizoo.org