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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.


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What's New at the Zoo

What's New at the Zoo

Pam Mizuno


Now that we’re in the middle of hurricane season and Lane has passed the islands, we are so very grateful the animals and zoo got through the torrential downpour of rain without serious damage.  We are hopeful that the rest of our 2018 hurricane season will be uneventful!


We had so many “New In The Zoo” animals to report on last newsletter that I totally forgot to report that our Sacred Ibis once again blessed us with a newly hatched chick in April.  This is the third year in a row our Ibis have successfully hatched and raised offspring.  The hatchling in the photo is only a few days old and it illustrates how large they are in comparison to their parents.  At 4 months of age this young one is as large as the adult birds and difficult to tell  apart from its parents.  The Ibis in the top left of the photo has a speckled grey neck indicating it is still a juvenile that was hatched last year.  Mature adult birds have a solid black head and neck like the parent bird standing next to its young.




















In the last newsletter you learned about Spunky Monkey’s new male companion.  He didn’t have a name at the time, but we’re happy to report his name is now “CHUNKY”!  Yes!  Spunky Monkey now shares her exhibit with Chunky Monkey!!  He has a great appetite and is eating and growing.  We’re certain he will live up to his name in the next few years.



















In June, our alligator, Stitch, moved into her new home and she couldn’t be happier!  She has grass, plants, pond, waterfall and tilapia!  What more could any alligator ask for!!  Plan your next visit to the zoo to watch her and our other alligator, Lilo (yes! Lilo & Stitch) have their daily meal at 1:30 p.m.   During the winter months, when the weather is cooler, they sometimes lose their appetite and don’t require daily feeding as nature slows their metabolism down into winter survival mode.  At that point they may only eat 1 to 3 times a week.  So if you want to watch the Gators chow down, hurry in to the zoo to see them before the days get shorter and the weather turns cold!
















Baby Emu Bling is now 5 months old and boy is she getting tall!  It must be adolescence with all that leg and neck she’s developing.  It has been fun to watch her go from egg, to newly hatched chick, to tall young teen!  We can now definitively use HER and SHE because her recent DNA blood screening has confirmed that Bling is a girl.





























Even though summer break has ended and school is back in session, there is lots to see and do in the zoo!


Come out and visit us soon!!


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