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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, Hilo

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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3.7/5 based on 320+ 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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  • The Panaewa Rainforest Zoo is free, donations are asked for. Went to see White tiger, how amazing and beautiful. Has sibling tiger in same enclosure. Many exhibits, monkeys, alligators, birds. The Zoo...  read more »
  • We were looking for something to do while we are in the Hilo area and found this great little zoo. We were very impressed with the animals and layout of the zoo. We also liked the entrance fee which w...  read more »
  • I loved this zoo. It's the perfect size to walk around. You can tell that the people working there love it. Even the groundskeepers say hello and give you history of the animals. There are tons of tur...  read more »
  • 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.
  • It's free so you can't complain and at least you're not contributing to it financially but it's one of the saddest zoos I've seen. These animals are kept in tiny unkept cages and have nothing to play with and no space to be the animals they are. One of the monkeys is in a tiny cage with a couple Of poles to climb and that's it! The birds have no freedom and most are completely alone. It's an observation walk really. Beautiful animals but if you're concerned about the ethical treatment of animals this probably is not that place for you
  • Lovely surroundings, wide variety of animals. The playground was a hit with my kids.
  • Grounds are beautiful and the staff friendly and eager to share about the animals. Not a lot of species, but hey, it's a free zoo (donations appreciated).
  • Wonderful little zoo! A great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors in Hilo.
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