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.
For more information on the volunteer
programs please contact:
If you have a genuine interest in animals and their well being, and enjoy working with people,
and are enthusiastic and dependable, our Volunteer Programs are for you.
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? Contact us!
Petting zoo is everything Saturday from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Since the Petting Zoo requires working with children, there is a
screening process which must take place before this can happen. Interested persons may volunteer by filling out a form at the Pana’ewa zoo Gift Shop.
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.
Special Event Volunteers
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.
Volunteers w/special Skills
Friends of the zoo is looking for volunteers who have special skills, such as Facebook, Instagram, outreach, fund raising and technical skills. FOZ is also looking for new board members.
This website is paid for and managed by “Friends of the Pana'ewa Zoo.” Friends of the Pana'ewa Zoo is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, which is not affiliated with the County of Hawai'i. The official County website can be found at http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/pr-panaewa-rec/.
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