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Address: Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808 959 7224
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife

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Can't beat Free

Not a tourist place. But if your looking for something to do for a few hours. This is the place. Cost is Free. Landscape is amazing!!!! You can see some native and non native... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Magnolia, Texas
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Not a tourist place. But if your looking for something to do for a few hours. This is the place. Cost is Free. Landscape is amazing!!!! You can see some native and non native animals living here at the zoo. Sadly the enclosures are way to small for the animals. They do have a small gift shop on site as... More 

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Woodland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This garden is lush, well kept and beautiful as you meander through on well kept paths. The flowers are radiant, the animals and birds are an additional treat. We loved it.

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Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

What a fantastic small zoo! Many interesting rainforest animals that we haven't seen before even with our numerous trips to zoos with our kids, including reptiles such as the red tegus and skinks. Habitats allowed you to see the animals quite closely. Reptile/amphibian house was very educational, though had mosquitoes hiding in the dark corners (left with half dozen bites... More 

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Wolverine, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We went to see the white tiger only to find out that he had to be put down. They will be getting new cubs but not until November. This is the second time we had been there only to not get to see the white tiger. Also, the monkeys were not available for viewing due to their cages being painted... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

If you have young children and few hours to kill near Hilo, this is the place! A nice, small and FREE zoo. Our 3yr old had a great time. They also have a petting zoo which he loved. We were sad that the white tigers were off exhibit though!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This zoo could be visited in 1-2 hours. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. There are quite a few animals, but also alot of birds. The lemurs, spider monkeys, and anteater were the most interesting to the kids. Good stop if you have just a few hours. We combined this stop with the macadamia nut factory just down the... More 

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Soquel, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Who doesn't love free things? This zoo and rain forest garden is free but donations are always welcome. We miss seeing Namaste the white tiger who lived there for many years. He passed away at a very old age and his enclosure is empty. We hope to see a new tiger in the coming year. The birds and monkeys are... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We had to search out the place, but it was nice, the climate was cool, there were play structures that were clean, there are animals, mostly birds, some monkeys, peacocks, etc. The are setting up for an alligator exhibit for the future, perhaps 2016. They have a nice gift shop. After the volcano it was a nice two hour stop... More 

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Volcano, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I love this little zoo and it's FREE. Please donate a few bucks though to support their cause. The gardens are beautiful and they have a great playground for the kids. The animal exhibits are pretty good though they don't have a whole lot of variety since they run off of donations. Lots of birds, cool monkeys, and anteaters. I... More 

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Volcano, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Probably by Christmas, the Pana'ewa Zoo will be alive with the adoration of two, repeat two tiger cubs!!! Namaste, the white tiger, was an attraction for a long time, but although he is revered still, he is no longer alive. The gardens are maintained by numerous area garden clubs, such as the Vireya Society, Palm Society and others. They are... More 

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