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Hilo Panaewa Zoo, Big Island

The Panaewa Zoo is the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the United States and was the home of Namaste, a white Bengal Tiger. Unfortunately, in 2014 Namaste passed away.

Namaste outlived all his siblings.

The Zoo is also home to more than 80 animal species, including the endangered Nene (Hawaii State Bird). Admission is free.

The Zoo offers a variety of activities, such as:

  • Picnic in the shade of over 100 varieties of Palm;
  • Stroll with Peacocks on the Zoo grounds (a botanical garden);
  • Visit the petting zoo on Saturdays;
  • Visit the gift shop.

Also, Several times a year the “Friends of the Zoo” organization hosts a “Family Fun” day providing entertainment, games, and refreshments.

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