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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

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Located on the "Big Island" of Hawaii, this 12 acre zoo is the only tropical rainforest zoo in the United States. It is home to more than 80 animal species including the endangered Nene (Hawaii State Bird) and Namaste', a white Bengal Tiger. The links on the left will take you to interesting information on many of the Zoo's animal exhibits.

  • Mammals
  • Primates
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Invertabrates

You are invited to picnic in the shade of over 100 varieties of Palm or stroll with Peacocks in the extensive collection of Orchids, Clumping Bamboos and Tropical Rhododendrons. The planting effort by volunteers is continuous and the Zoo grounds are considered a botanical garden. Use the links on the left to view samples and information from this remarkable landscape.

  • Palms
  • Trees
  • Shrubs
  • Exotics
  • Other Plants

Enrichment at the Zoo

Every enrichment report begins with the words "Enrichment is critical to the well-being of zoo animals". It is our belief that zoo animals' lives are significantly enhanced when they are provided with activities outside the normal daily routine. Stimulation, whether it is a walk around the zoo or a unique food treat, serves to keep animals interested in their surroundings.

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Details and Specs

Hours of Operation:
Mon9:00 AM4:00 PM
Tue9:00 AM4:00 PM
Wed9:00 AM4:00 PM
Thr9:00 AM4:00 PM
Fri9:00 AM4:00 PM
Sat9:00 AM4:00 PM
Sun9:00 AM4:00 PM
Notes: None Listed


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