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Dominik, you're going on an African Safari!

When 10-year-old Dominik visited the Honolulu Zoo on March 5, he thought he would enjoy a nice day with his family, but it turned out to be so much more. A big wish reveal was in the works and he had no idea...

Last year, a man named Stephen Ball asked us how he could help make wishes come true. What does Stephen do? He works for a nature reserve in Namibia. Bingo. Stephen offered to not only adopt Dominik's wish, but will be taking Dominik on the tour himself.

When zoo director Dr. Baird Fleming heard about this wish, he jumped on the opportunity to make it the most memorable day of Dominik's life, planning with Make-A-Wish, in detail, how to surprise Dominik in front of the elephant enclosure at The Honolulu Zoo.

And what an amazing day it was. A large group of Dominik's friends and family came out to participate in the wish reveal, anxiously awaiting Dominik's arrival. When he and his family turned the corner, they popped out of hiding and excitedly screamed, "Congratulations, Dominik - you're going on an African safari!"

Dominik's smile lit up with joy! The surprise left him speechless, but the expression on his face said it all. He was overwhelmed with excitement and couldn't wait to take off to Namibia with his family and new friend, Stephen Ball!

A special mahalo to Stephen Ball for adopting Dominik's wish and to Dr. Fleming and the Honolulu Zoo for making this wish reveal magical! Also, many thanks to the Honolulu Zoo SocietyCalifornia Pizza Kitchen and Jason Mansfield Photography.

UPDATE: Read Dominik's post-wish story here to learn more about his wish come true and to see pictures from his safari adventure in Africa! 

  • Surprise Dominik! You're wish is coming true!

  • Dominik with Stephen Ball, Mining Manager at B2Gold Game Farm and Education Center in Namibia.

  • Dominik was overwhelmed with joy when he found out that he would be going to on a Safari in South Africa!

  • Dominik and his parents with his wish granters, Christian Petrie and Carol Higa.

  • A big thanks to Stephen Ball who added some extra magic to Dominik's wish reveal.

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