The Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens is located in Hilo, Hawaii and is open every day except Christmas and New Year's from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information call (808) 959-9233.
Become Involved: Donations, Volunteering & Adoptions
Become a member of Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo, it’s the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the United States. Your membership includes the FOZ newsletter and a 10% discount on all items in the zoo gift shop.
Annual Membership Donations:
* Friend $25
* Donor $50
* Supporter $100
* Lifetime $500 (plaque at entrance & membership paid for life)
Click Here for a printable membership application form.
Besides joining Friends of the Zoo and contributing in that way, interested persons can volunteer at the Petting Zoo on Saturdays and/or join the Animal Enrichment Team on Wednesdays. Since the Petting Zoo requires working with children, there is a screening process which must take place before this can happen.
To join the Animal Enrichment Team, you need to be available most Wednesdays at noon for about 2 hours and you must have some experience with and enjoy working with animals. Sound like something you might like?
FOZ (Friends of the Zoo) can always use volunteers during our events if you aren’t available at consistent times. Our Plant Sale and Tiger Fun Day are two such events where help is needed. We also aid the Hawaii Horse Owners Association during President’s Day Weekend when we help them collect tickets for their Annual Pana'ewa Stampede Rodeo. In exchange, they help us by shuttling people from the Equestrian Center parking lot where overflow parking is provided during our major events.
When the County of Hawaii is able to fund an Education Specialist for the zoo, FOZ assists with the training of volunteer docents for zoo tours. However, that position has not been funded by the County for several years.
Want to adopt an animal? For a donation of $25.00 a year you or your child can adopt your favorite animal. (Or in some cases a pair) This money is used only for the extras that the animals need. You get a Certificate of Adoption, photos of your animal, an information sheet about your animal, and a tax deduction form. The adoption packets are available in the gift shop.
If you don't live here, you can mail your request to: The Pana'ewa Zoo, P O Box 738, Keaau, Hawaii 96749. Just say which animals that you would like to adopt and make your check out to Friends of the Panaewa Zoo, for $25.00 per animal. What a fun way to support our wonderful zoo!
Another way that FOZ raises money for projects at our zoo is through the sale of extraordinary benches featuring our animals in the zoo. Developed by Charlene Lofgreen, these benches are excellent sites for photo ops and are located throughout the zoo grounds. A sold bench will have a plaque. We have a few that have not been sold yet, including an iguana, an alligator, young tigers and a toucan. The purchaser is allowed to request wording in memory of a loved one or in commemoration of an event. FOZ will have a small plaque printed with limited wording in recognition of the person or event. If you would like to purchase a bench please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include a name and phone number for ease of response to the request.
All donations to Friends of the Zoo and membership with us is tax deductible.
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Our two Bengal Tigers showing affection.
White-Faced Whistling tree duck.
Attention all you Amazon shoppers. Friends of the Panaewa Zoo has an Amazon Smile account. What this means is that when you shop at Amazon Smile, .05% of the purchase price from your eligible Amazon Smile purchases will be donated to FOZ.
Simply log on to Amazon at https://smile.amazon.com/, type in Friends of the Panaewa Zoo as the organization you would like to support and go shopping. Amazon will remember your selection; however, in order for FOZ to receive a donation as a result of your purchase, you will need to log in at smile.amazon.com each time you shop.
Program details may be found at https://smile.amazon.com/about.
Boa Constrictor Bench
Ring-Tail Lemur Bench
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