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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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+1 808-959-7224
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

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Lost the White Tiger a few years ago, but still really NEAT

This little zoo is free of charge. It hs beautiful flowers and exotic trees. Special plants from as far off as South Africa. What wait it's a zoo. They have two alligators... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Papaikou, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spend an afternoon wandering around the lush garden and see the sights, visit the animals in this lovely tropical paradise.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This little zoo is free of charge. It hs beautiful flowers and exotic trees. Special plants from as far off as South Africa. What wait it's a zoo. They have two alligators, parakeets, a family of 5 peacocks followed us looking for food handout. Several small frogs so small you you couldn't even spot them in their boxed environment. One... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

You get to see some exotic birds and a few unusual animals. This is a free zoo and it shows for how well it is taken care of which is below average. The cages seem small for many of the animals

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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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Sacramento, California
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122 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 3 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.

Thank WhirledTraveler4Peas
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5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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.

Thank Cindy E
Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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