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)






Volunteer Opportunities


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.



Animal Benches



All donations to Friends of the Zoo and membership with us is tax deductible.






Amazon Smile


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.


Our two Bengal Tigers showing affection.

Our two Bengal Tigers showing affection.

White-faced Whistling tree duck.

White-Faced Whistling tree duck.

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