These are fun and exciting times for the newly accredited Honolulu Zoo and its proud director Linda Santos, who’s been a guiding force for the city-run operation since the 1980s.

Linda Santos’ appointment to Honolulu Zoo director has been decades in the making. After first setting foot on the property back in 1986, she was hired as a laborer at the zoo’s commissary. Her specific job? Shaping diets and preparing meals for the animals.

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