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“Liked the anteaters...”

Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens
Ranked #23 of 80 things to do in Hilo
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Activities for young children
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Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Activities for young children
Mandan, North Dakota
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184 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Liked the anteaters...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

A little disappointed with the condition of the displays and cages. They aren't awful, just... sad. They do have some interesting animals - loved seeing the anteaters and the tiger. We spent about 1 to 1-1/2 hours here before getting rained out. It was ok to kill time before heading to the airport.

Visited January 2013
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“Good place to stretch your legs”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

We stopped here on a whim on a drive from Hilo to Volcano and spent an hour wandering around the exhibits. I was surprised at the variety of critters, including some I'd never encountered before. I also enjoyed the landscaping and all the signs done with mosaic.

Visited January 2013
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Pahoa, Hawaii
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great free/donation spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

Have a few hours to blow before your flight out of Hilo? The zoo fill the bill. The variety of displays is very good. The landscape is delightful.
The rodeo in the spring is a hoot. The zoo shares ground with the equestrian park.

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Mad River, California
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Wow! And Wow again...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

This zoo is donation funded and is amazing! The animals are in beautiful enclosures and well taken care of. The volunteer staff are happy, knowledgable and very friendly. Great place to see with the kids, but even just me and my husband enjoyed it immensely!

Visited December 2012
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Anderson, South Carolina
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Where Else Can You Find a Rainforest Zoo!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

We got here late, so we didn't get to see all of it, but we were impressed with how well maintained the gardens and grounds were. It was fun to see the peacocks roaming free and looking gorgeous and we were able to make it to the tiger feeding. Where else can you see a tiger being fed (a whole raw chicken no less), Lots of animals and birds/ducks to see and several we had never seen or heard of. I would go again and I recommend it to everyone -- we were just two adults without kids and enjoyed it. Its is not a huge place, but interesting. It is free, but I would suggest leaving at least a small donation to help their cause. Very close to downtown Hilo with good parking.

Visited December 2012
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