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Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens
Today 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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800 Stainback Hwy Hilo, HI 96720
800 Stainback HighwayUSHawaiiHilo96720
Zoo, GardenToday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 4:00 pmTuesday 9:00 am – 4:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 4:00 pmThursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pmFriday 9:00 am – 4:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pmSunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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This 12-acre reserve, the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the U.S., features 80+ species.- Google
"Visited the zoo this morning with my 3 yo daughter; she had a fun time."
5 reviewers
"The bird exhibits were our favorites."
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S ann
in the last week
Not a huge fan of zoo's in general, but I really love this place. Yes, it is a bit run down, but what can you expect. It is free to enter and the zoo operates by donations. The animal appear to be well taken care of. I love hanging out with the many birds on site, some of them will even talk to you, if they feel comfortable. Every staff member I have met have been extremely nice and willing to take the time to chat with me.
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tom creighton
2 months ago
Its perfect if you want to kill a few hours. The only "problem" is that most animals are in wired cages making it hard to see or take pictures of them. Also the alligators and tiger are missing as of this review (2015 feb)
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Allison Serkes
a year ago
Free and perfect for the two hours we had to kill. The bird exhibits were our favorites. So many macaws!
A Google User
4 years ago
I really wasn't expecting much from a free zoo, and we only stopped by on the way to somewhere else when we needed something to do for a few hours. But this place had a good selection of interesting animals. Not a lot of the large animals with huge enclosures, except for the white tiger. The best part about this zoo was that they didn't bother with barriers set away from the cages (except for the white tiger), and if an animal might bite, they simply put a big sign up that said "animal bites" with a picture of a bunch of teeth. This meant that for nearly all the animals you could walk right up to the cage and peer between the wires to get a really good look at the animal. Also convenient for taking pictures, since you could aim the lens between the wires. They have a white crested cockatoo named Einstein who is a bit of a show off. We saw him getting fed, and he would walk over to his dish of peanuts, grab one, then walk back to stand in front of whoever was watching him, then sit there and shell the peanut, then remove the skin, then eat it. And then he'd repeat the process.
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Shane Goo
a month ago
The only thing good about this zoo is the free entry ,Not to be rood or anything but there white tiger that died over a year ago still hasn't ben replaced with any thing new . And the cages are beet up and the Animals they have mostly aren't from the rainforest.Overall bad experience .
josh mcbride
9 months ago
Visited the zoo this morning with my 3 yo daughter; she had a fun time. Very impressive for not charging admission. We plan to visit this weekend for the petting zoo.
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Kellen Vance
a year ago
It could use updating but is a solid free zoo.
A Google User
3 years ago
Panaewa Zoo is wonderful..keikis love to visit Namaste.. their white tiger. Evryone who works there is full of Aloha and willing to help or answer questions. Not as big a Honolulu Zoo. But, well worth the drive! Its country...BEAUTIFUL!!!:)