The Discovery Forest is designed to represent natural systems, creating a scene of Hawai‘i before the arrival of humans and demonstrating culturally significant plant and tree species that once grew near traditional shoreline villages of O‘ahu. This replication of coastal ecosystems is providing a habitat for Hawaiian plants, birds, and invertebrates, while reconnecting urban visitors with the Hawaiian forest. The project is benefiting an estimated 700,000 visitors per year to the zoo. By reintroducing elements of the forest, this project is returning community rewards in the form of environment and cultural educational benefits, forest stewardship volunteer opportunities, and private and public partnerships. Your donations literally help us plant the seeds that will grow our forest, benefiting the ‘āina and keiki of Hawai‘i for generations to come.