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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.


For more information call (808) 959-9233.

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What’s new at the Zoo (March 2018)

by Pam Mizuno


Rain, rain and more rain…we’re definitely a Rainforest Zoo with much more than our share of rain in the past few weeks!  We’re all hoping for at least a few days of sunshine very soon!


On October 28, 2017, Edwina Emu laid her first egg of the season.  She continued to lay an egg every 3 to 7 days ending on February 2, 2018.  Edwina laid a total of 21 eggs with an average weight of 1.3 lbs.  The heaviest egg was over 1.5 lbs.


At that point, Edward Emu (daddy) decided he was ready to do his part and has now been diligently sitting and incubating the last 5 eggs for the past four weeks.  Yes, that’s right!  Edwina lays the eggs and Edward must incubate them for 48 to 52 days!!  The eggs are deep blue/green in color, but with all this rain poor Edward’s eggs are a muddy brownish blue/green.  If you’re lucky enough to be at the Emu exhibit when Edward decides it’s time to change positions and roll the eggs, you can see his natural instinct in action.  We aren’t even certain the eggs are fertile, but he is very conscientious and content in caring for them.




President’s Message (March 2018)


Again this year, FOZ Board members helped with the Pana`ewa Stampede ticket sales and gate collection efforts of the Hawaii Horse Owners Association when they held their annual rodeo on February 17th, 18th and 19th.  It was not the wettest rodeo we¹ve worked, but it ranked near the top.  However, the cheerful folks at the gate made the time fast and fun and the frequent showers definitely kept the rodeo arena dust down! The Horse Owners Association would not have been able to put on this exceptional spectator event without the help of so many organizations like ours.


Similarly, FOZ is able to host our annual summer Tiger Fun Day because the Horse Owners Association offers their resources to provide shuttle vans from the parking area near the Equestrian Center to the zoo entrance. We always appreciate their help.


This relationship between FOZ and Hawaii Horse Owners Association is a great example of how groups such as ours can help each other.   FOZ is grateful, for instance, to the following organizations who enhance and promote our wonderful Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens:


•  Orchid Society:

•  Palm Society:

•  Vireya Society:

•  Bamboo Society:


Orchid enthusiasts meet most Mondays at the zoo and Vireya Society folks are frequently seen on site.


There are others who help tremendously with promoting and funding the Zoo by their monetary contributions to FOZ.  One mainland couple has given Lifetime Memberships to their friends who live here, in the hope of fostering local interest in the zoo.  Those who join FOZ or adopt animals that they enjoy watching at the zoo also help FOZ in enhancing the lives of our resident animals.  Most FOZ Board members are on the Enrichment Team which not only works with the animals weekly, but helps with painting of structures in the zoo and other small but very important projects.


All these folks are helping us in support of functions and programs that benefit the public.  You too can join these selfless individuals who improve our Zoo for others to enjoy.




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