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Imua brings the zoo to Maui

By Staff | Apr 2, 2021

KAHULUI — Spending more time indoors doesn’t need to mean having fewer new and exciting adventures. Imua Discovery Garden, the newest growth phase coming out of Imua Family Services, has teamed up with The Honolulu Zoo Society Education Department to bring the world of wildlife to Maui’s keiki online.

Learn about all sorts of animals, how they survive in their native habitats and even go on a guided virtual visit of the zoo’s most popular areas!

With a mission to inspire stewardship of our living world by providing meaningful conservation education and experiences to their community, The Honolulu Zoo emphasizes Pacific Tropical ecosystems and the value of malama (caring) and ho’okipa (hospitality).

“When we expose ourselves to things that are new and different, it helps us to see the world from different perspectives, see new possibilities and have new dreams. That is what discovery is all about,” said Dean Wong, Imua’s executive director.

The Honolulu Zoo Society is presenting six separate sessions, with Imua Discovery Garden ensuring access at no cost to participants.

There are three “ZOOm-to-You” presentations.

“Survivor: Animal Adaptations” journeys around the globe to check out the amazing animal adaptations of species in exotic environments.

“Creature Categories” is all about the classification of animals and what makes mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians unique.

“Wild Hawaii” is an exploration of our local ecosystems, how everything got here and what we can do to help protect our local flora and fauna.

The three “ZOOmfari” guided tours take participants through the mauka and makai sides of the zoo’s African Savanna, and then through a visit of their Ectotherm Complex, where keiki can meet everything from miniscule invertebrates to titanic reptiles!

Registration and additional information for the April sessions can be found online at www.imuagarden.org.

Sessions are conducted online via Zoom. If you are a preschool and would like to participate as a class, contact Imua Family Services at (808) 244-7467. Space is limited.