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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
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Decent little zoo

We visited this little zoo for a couple of hours. Pretty good exhibits. Some of the enclosures should be a bit larger.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Pet_Lover34
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East Nassau, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a initially a "must see" on my list because of the animals and because of the rarity of a rainforest zoo. It was very small and quaint. Many of the animals were sleeping and inactive so that disappointed us a bit. But, we planned this, a view of rainbow falls, a trek to the volcano and a stop... More 

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East Nassau, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this little zoo for a couple of hours. Pretty good exhibits. Some of the enclosures should be a bit larger.

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Thank Pet_Lover34
Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This Zoo features a lot of birds, a couple of tigers, one of them a beautiful White Tiger who is just beautiful and majestic. There are not a lot of big animals but you will also see, native pigs, anteater, an Emus and more. Free to enter and very nice.

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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice well meaning zoo, but we were left with two impressions. Some of the birds looked bored (but in reality who knows) and secondly there were rows of cages with nocturnal animals.... in a zoo open 9-4.... Free entry with donations accepted. We spent an hour but in reality saw not a lot.

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I last visited this zoo in 2014 when Namaste the white tiger was alive. Now there are two more tigers. There are no staff on site that I could find. The facility needs some upkeep. I enjoyed seeing all the native plants and the free ranging peacocks. Unfortunately, I saw visitors picking flowers. The attraction and parking are free.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a nice stroll through the rainforest with lots of birds and reptiles on display. It was a fun way to spend an hour or two.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our five year old girl loved the visit with a wild jump by Tzatziki the white Bengal Tiger up to the viewer tower to get close to our Service Dog, a Cavalier KC Spaniel. The staff were super kind and supportive and escorted us around the zoo as protective measures. Make sure you make prearrival reservations when traveling with your... More 

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Thank JuRhed
Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

A large selection of animals and cute little "animal" seating throughout the park. A smallplayground that our four year old granddaughter really enjoyed. There is a petting zoo for kids on Saturdays.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Great for all ages. This is a FREE attraction. Visit the tigers' pen. Enjoy the tropical plantings and especially the palm varieties.

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Ogden, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

This is one of those hidden jewels in Hilo. Beautiful gardens mixed with a small zoo. Admission is free but they gladly accept donations. Not a big zoo, but enough variety to make it interesting. Plan on at least an hour, with children 2 hours. They have a small playground that they can burn off energy on. Exhibits were clean... More 

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