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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

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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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Nice Small Zoo

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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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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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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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Quito, Ecuador
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Outside the city limits, this place is worth locating for its beautiful setting and some truly unique animals. There may be crowds on the weekends, but when we went it was almost a "private viewing."

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Tiger is dead and has been dead for a year and yet they are advertising it still. I felt bad for some of the animals and the small cages. It seems ok for small kids as there is a park there. It is free admission and a donation box. The petting zoo is only open on Saturdays. It seems better... More 

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Riverside, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

It's on the way to the Macadamia nut factory. Lots of monkeys, one of them has a bell, ask him to ring it and he will! The parrots will squawk to get you to come over and then if you talk to them they will talk to you. Beautiful landscaping. But the White tigers previously reviewed have died of old... More 

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Georgetown, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We enjoyed the tropical plants and animals on a hot, sunny day in Hilo. There is a nice playground, too. The amphibian displays were informative. A simple but attractive small zoo. They only ask for a donation, so it is easy on the budget.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Not expecting much from a free zoo we entered knowing very little on what cool animals we would see. Our first encounter was with the big parrot clawing to get out of its cage, then enclosures that were simply empty. We were excited to see the monkeys but I can say that seeing them made me feel they were more... More 

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Additional Information about Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

Address: Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808 959 7224
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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