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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.

What's New at the Zoo

What’s New At the Zoo


Pam Mizuno - Zoo Director


Have you been to the petting zoo on Saturday lately?  If you have, you’ve met our new very large rabbit Charley!  He is a large white Californian Buck, but he is a sweetie and waits patiently on his sturdy red table for petting and attention.


Edward and Edwina Emu who have relocated to their much larger living quarters shared by the donkeys, have started their annual egg laying cycle with the first egg found on November 21st.  It weighed in at over 1lb 5ozs.  Edwina has laid 4 eggs so far, with the latest one from today (12/7) at over 1lb 7ozs!  If an Emu egg is something you have always wanted, stop by the gift shop and you may be lucky enough to find one for sale.


The winter months are now upon us and the temperatures are falling.  Our Alligators and Boa Constrictor will begin to slow down.  With lower metabolisms their appetites will decrease and they may go for weeks without food.  This will continue until next spring when the days get longer and the weather warmer!


See you all at the zoo in the New Year!


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