\"The only zoo in the United States that is situated in a tropical rain forest,\" this beautiful zoo is filled with exotic ... More
Pana'ewa Rain Forest Zoo
\"The only zoo in the United States that is situated in a tropical rain forest,\" this beautiful zoo is filled with exotic animals such as tigers, monkeys, birds, apes, and herds of other animals, as well as species that are native to Hawaii.
Although it is a small zoo, it is very welcoming, well maintained, the exhibits are very attractive, I especially enjoyed the white tiger - that was a big thrill! I liked the petting zoo a lot - I got up close and personal with a mongoose. I also liked the porcupine exhibit. The Pana'ewa Rain Forest Zoo is a MUST! Admission is free, but I enjoyed it so much that I gladly looked for ways to give them money like making a donation and buying stuff at the gift shop. I gladly support this zoo.
We had a great time at this zoo! My sons and partner and I have lots of experience with zoos -- we have traveled to over 20 different zoos in the US. This zoo, while not cutting edge by any measure, certainly did not disappoint! The environment and gardens were absolutely beautiful (this is a rain-forest, after all), and we were greeted by strolling peacocks and peahens everywhere we went. The animals (especially the white tiger and water buffalo) seemed content and energetic and many of the environments were creatively done.
One of the best things about our experience was the access to the director (that strolled around the zoo and freely discussed the animals) and the other animal experts made us feel very welcome to ask questions.
Aw where else in the world can you go and check out a FREE Rain Forrest Zoo in the world? Well I know of the only one around, and if you just happen to be on the most beautiful island in the world, (the Big Island of Hawaii) you have to go and check it out. Not sure of the hours, but they are like open from 9am-4pm everyday I think except Christmas, New Years, and Thanksgiving.
I did say the price was right..
What is there to do there? Walk in and see a butterfly hut on the left side, a pond on the right side. Keep walking and just go where your legs tell you to go. As our zoo isn't huge, hm or even large.. it's just right as baby bear would say. :)
If you're not into animals then you have got to check out the plants from all over the world.
What ages are best to go to our zoo?
Well I would say from ages 2months to 115years old. :)
Pick up some food at KTA before you head off towards the Zoo on your way to the volcano. Go into the Zoo and find a place to sit down and enjoy a piece of heaven.
I have been taking my children there from the time they were born, now they take their children, and if we are so lucky, they will be taking their children.
God Bless and enjoy the beauty of this most beautiful place in the world!
I love the Panaewa zoo, it is so peaceful, the crowds are thin and the animals are up close and personal. It is a free excuse to get outside and get up to some cool wildlife. The tiger, Namaste, was absolutely beautiful as well.
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