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Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens - Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii
Pictures and visitor info from a trip to the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens located in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii.

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The Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens is a totally free attraction situated in Hilo on the "wet" east side of the Big Island of Hawaii.

Hilo City receives about 130 inches of rain per year, which has helped create the lush green foliage and colorful flowers that surround the animal habitats.

The unique geographical location of the Panaewa Zoo lends it the title of "the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the United States".

To reach the Panaewa Zoo using a GPS unit, enter 800 Stainback Hwy, Hilo, HI 96720 as the address. It is located a few miles south of Hilo and the airport off Hwy 11.

For more information via phone, contact the zoo staff at (808) 959-7224. Visitors are welcome daily from 9 AM to 4 PM.

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A few of the 150 animals that reside on the 12 acres at the Panaewa Zoo include a white bengal tiger, cotton top tamarin monkeys, capuchins, Asian forest tortoises, toucans, parrots, macaws, white-faced whistling tree ducks, a crowned crane, vultures, binturongs, tropical squirrels, two toed sloths, lemurs, turtles, gallinules, feral goat, geese, Nigerian dwarf goats, llama, mini zebu, Kona nightingales, bearded dragon, green iguanas, black swans, axis deer, and giant anteaters.
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The white bengal tiger, named Namaste, is fed every day at 3:30. His daily meal includes three whole chickens, ten pounds of meat, ground up bones and various vitamins.
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Children will love the petting zoo at the Panaewa Zoo that takes places every Saturday from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. There is also a butterfly garden located near the entrance to the zoo.
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For more of my Hawaiian vacation pictures, click on the following links: Kona Comfort Vacation Rental, A-Bay Beach Snorkeling, Akaka Falls State Park, Coconut Island State Park- Hilo Bay, Green Sand Beach - South Point, Hapuna Beach State Park, Holoholokai Beach Park, Ho'okena Beach Park Snorkeling, Hwy 19 Lava Cave - North Kona, Hwy 19 - Kona, Honokohau Marina - Kailua-Kona, Kahaluu Beach Park, Kona Brewing Co. Brewery Tour, Manini Beach Snorkeling - Napoopoo Park, Kekaha Kai State Park, Mauna Kea Beach Snorkeling, Pua Mau Place Botanical Garden, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau Place of Refuge National Historic Park, Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Queen Lili'uokalani Park & Japanese Gardens - Hilo, Queen Lili'uokalani Park & Japanese Gardens, Rainbow Falls - Wailuku River State Park, Safari Helicopters Volcanic Activity & Waterfalls Tour, Spencer Beach Park, Two Step Snorkeling - Honaunau Bay,

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