The animals at Honolulu Zoo have been wildly excited about the new zoo signs posted around town. They’re hoping the signs will help the attraction establish more of an identity within the Waikiki community, as well as draw in more visitors for the animals to meet.

Eleven directional signs have been posted along Kalakaua, Kuhio, Paki and Kapahulu avenues recently, replacing two faded city street signs. The new ones feature a white elephant on a brown background, with “Zoo” printed in both English and kanji characters. An arrow also points into the direction of the zoo.

And remember the new elephant exhibit we told you about last year? The multi-million-dollar exhibit turned out to be such a hit with zoo patrons that the signs were designed after the beautiful elephant ladies, Mari and Vaigai.

These recent additions to the streets of Waikiki come a year after the zoo’s facelift, when the entrance area got a snazzy new look. Around that time, the lion enclosure had also been improved for the two lions who call this place their home, and in April, the Honolulu Zoo got the best news of all. It renewed its national accreditation, which will hopefully make it easier to adopt cool animals from Southeast Asia and Australia.

Photo Courtesy: Honolulu Zoo

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