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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

Hwy 11 to Stainback Hwy, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808 959 7224
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Ranked #19 of 37 attractions in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Zoos
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities
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North Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great diversion and the price (free) was definitely right. Bird display was excellent. Very friendly staff and beautiful landscaping. Kids play area looked very good. Would recommend this to a family.

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Simi Valley
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

This is a small zoo but since it's free I would highly suggest it for couples, families, everyone. The main attraction are two white Bengal tigers which I was very excited to see but unfortunately they were not able to be seen due to contraction on their exhibit (a zoo worker later told me lead based paint was on the... More

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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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231 reviews 231 reviews
131 attraction reviews
272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Visited this site as part of a tour. The main wild animal, the Bengal tiger had died a few months previously and the remaining birds and mammals were in short supply but the plants were interesting. Passed half an hour pleasantly.

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Hyannis, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

If your not a big zoo person in the first place, don't feel heartbroken if you miss this zoo. Although its cool, its the same like every other zoo. They have peacocks walking around and have a small petting zoo. Just because you're in Hawaii don't think your going to see anything more spectacular that you would on the upper... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I was very impressed by this little zoo the first time I visited, but recently their star attraction, Namaste (a rare white bengal tiger) was put down because of a leg injury. A feeling of melancholy remains after the loss of such an unusual animal and its empty cage a sad reminder. They did have two giant anteaters that were... More

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Oahu, Hawaii
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

The Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens is small but terrific. I have visited it many times, on my frequent trips to Hilo. There was a butterfly sanctuary and I was amazed by the number of butterflies. I especially liked the many types of flowering plants. I was sad to not see the "corpse plant". The white tiger was terrific.

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Winnipeg, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Being a big sucky animal lover I go to the zoo a few times every year I visit the Hilo area. The grounds are beautiful, all the volunteers work very hard to keep the place up, they're all very friendly & helpful as well. The animal collection might not be the biggest but there's plenty to see, many tropical types... More

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Hastings, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

I have to admit, I'm a zoo person, so this was our first stop our first morning in Hawaii. We got there right when it opened so we were the only people there when we first arrived. It's a nice, quiet peaceful place full of gorgeous plant life. There isn't an abundance of animals, but it is free after all... More

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Kissee Mills, Missouri
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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We visited the zoo, which was nicely maintained and FREE. It didn't seem like there were very many animals there. We were looking forward to seeing Namaste, the white Bengal tiger, but he was not out. We learned two days later that he was in a lot of pain with hip dyplasia and had been put down the day after... More

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Minden, NV
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

It is over a 2 hour drive to Hilo from Kona but we did it this year as wanted to visit this Rainforest Zoo. The main attraction was Namaste, the white tiger. The zoo is free which is a good thing because if there was a charge I would have been sorely disappointed. We hiked up to where the tiger... More

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