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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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Nice, small zoo

The zoo is a short drive south of where we were staying in Hilo. The zoo has a small collection of animals. There is no fee to enter the zoo, but you can leave a donation. There... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Renee123
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Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Guidebook I have blew this place off, but I thought it was awesome. FREE! Very well maintained. Great little pitstop.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a well kept, free place to take your kids for a great afternoon. There was a new addition this spring of white tigers that are beautiful. The grounds qualify as a botanical garden with an abundance of ferns, bromiliads and orchids. Also, one of the largest collections of palms. Although it is free, donations help to keep it... More 

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Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The zoo is a short drive south of where we were staying in Hilo. The zoo has a small collection of animals. There is no fee to enter the zoo, but you can leave a donation. There are bathrooms and a small gift shop where you can purchase drinks or ice cream bars. The zoo is good for small children... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great zoo to spend the morning or afternoon at. There are two tigers and there's some beautiful birds, including Hyacinth Macaws. There are lots of volunteers who provide enrichment activities for the parrots to keep them happy and healthy. The surrounding gardens boast an impressive collection of rainforest plants.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo is small but amazing !!! We saw animals we had never seen before such as Bengal tigers and ant eaters!!! The entry is by donation which make it very affordable!! The tropical birds are huge and beautiful to see!! We enjoyed seeing the Lemurs play and watch the large iguana!!! Highly recommend a visit!!!

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Honokaa, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

We now have 2 new tiger cubs and they are amazing. The zoo is a beautiful garden with many different plants and flowers that represent Hawaii. Perfect stop for families with small children. Or adults that like tropical gardens. And it is free for the budget ended travelers and visitors to the Big Island.

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1 Thank Jacqueline H
Hinesville, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

I seen some animals here from other zoos,but also some animals never before seen like lemurs,the very large rainforest plants were pretty amazing,the noisiest animals were the macaws,murals on the sides of buildings,free admission.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

It is the one of the best public zoo we have ben to. You can see White Tigers. Peacocks are walking around showing their beautiful tail feathers. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Great little Zoo with a good variety of attractions and nice setting. Everything was easy to see up close and there's a great kids playground. Entry by donation makes this a cheap activity for kids.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

Perfect little zoo and it's free! Interesting animals, fun benches, nice little play area for the kiddos! Perfect for little ones

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