Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, Hilo

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#5 of 6 in Zoos & Aquariums in Hawaii
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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Hilo holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This was a great little zoo, and definitely would be more enjoyable with a family or small kids, but we enjoyed our walk through. Gardens are a bit of a misnomer - there is a Garden Society that keeps...  more »
  • free to get in but I left a donation as it helps with the up keep of the animals and gardens. you can spend a few hours here take a picnic or buy something from the little shop. great animals even a w...  more »
  • Don’t let the ‘free’ part throw you off. This was a nice surprise in a place where everything seems expensive. This was a great little zoo with a surprising variety of animals. The best part was the t...  more »
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