Animals from the Honolulu Zoo will be able to enjoy fruits and vegetables from Aloun Farms, which recently donated more than 1,800 pounds of pumpkin and other fresh, locally grown produce.
On Thursday, Nov. 11, zookeepers will offer pumpkins to elephants Mari and Vaigai starting at 10:15 a.m. The public is welcome to attend, with social distancing guidelines enforced.
Aloun Farms, known for its wide range of local crops and annual Pumpkin Patch, donates produce like pumpkins, sweet corn on the cob, corn stalk, zucchini, and sunflower heads as special treats every year to the Honolulu Zoo Society for the animals to enjoy.
“We’re extremely grateful for Aloun Farms’ generous annual donations,” said Linda Santos, Honolulu Zoo Director. “We really appreciate the array of produce donated from their ohana to ours, which will be used as part of the zoo’s enrichment program with zoo keepers feeding the treats to a variety of animals including elephants, tortoises, porcupines, and birds.”
The partnership with Aloun Farms, the Honolulu Zoo and the Honolulu Zoo Society has been an annual tradition for the past eight years.