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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, Hilo

(3.7/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
Visit Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, a zoo actually located in a rain forest. With only 4.9 hectares (12 acres) of land, it's easy to explore the entire park and meet its inhabitants in a day. Take a walk through the rain forest and gardens, view 80 species of animals and 40 species of plant life, and interact with wildlife at the park's petting zoo. Though the park no longer has its famous white Bengal tiger, it is still home to a number of fascinating creatures, including the endangered nene, the Hawaii state bird. Plan your visit to Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Hilo travel itinerary planner.
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  • Small zoo with lovely paths and greenery. Enjoyed seeing the tigers at play. Easy paths and very close to town.  more »
  • I had only an hour to spend at the zoo but was pleasantly surprised especially by the well marked plans that make up the rain forest environment in which the animals are housed. Well kept paths make t...  more »
  • I was not sure what to expect for a free Zoo but the children enjoyed it here for an afternoon. If your considering a Zoo then I will move past the ethics questions and simply say that they had a bigg...  more »
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  • Come for the Tigers and stay for the charming small town zoo. I spent almost a half hour watching the white tiger try to impress the orange female tiger. I also like that they let some of the jungle fowl and peacocks roam free so you get even more wildlife while you're browsing the cages. Also, this place is clean and the staff is nice and talkative so for a FREE admission, this can't be beat! Please donate just to help keep these animals fed! Also, petting Zoo on Saturdays!
  • This place is Okay, not what I would typical think of as a ZOO. Not much animals. Most of them OLD. Definitely needs an upgrade with animals and their care. Needs maintenance upgrade.... Nice park built inside for kids. Cute animal chairs that kids can sit on and of course take pictures. It's Okay for FREE, kinda the place to go if your killing time and waiting around­čśĆ
  • Very small zoo compared to big city locations but it was a fast 1-2 hour diversion. Nice to see a good assortment of animals including new tiger exhibit. Kids enjoyed the butterfly tent area. There was a small godt shop that had snacks, drinks, souvenirs and ice cream. Lot of hawaiian flora with signage describing what plants are. Fun donation spiral box where kods watch coins take 25 seconds to spin to the bottom of the box.
  • Free admission. Nice small zoo. A great play-area for kids. Beautiful foliage. The white cockatoo is quite the attention getter. A nice place to spend an hour or two.
  • Free zoo. Tigers. Awesome playground. Free petting zoo on Saturdays. I'd give it 4 stars because it's kind of small, but then again it is free and I remembered they also have anteaters, which I say makes it 5-star worthy