Tag Archives: Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo

Indian blue peacock

An Indian blue peacock at Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens. The blue is very eye-catching. I particularly like the expression of the bird in the photo to the right. It looks like an angry punk rocker.

For more information about Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, go to hilozoo.org

Pana’ewa benches

Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo Alligator bench

Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo Flower benchHere are a couple of colorful benches that can be found at Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens in Hilo. Designed more for appearance than comfort, there are several similar benches at the zoo (here). If you do visit and choose to sit on the alligator bench, make sure it is a bench and not one of the real alligators.

For more information about Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, go to hilozoo.org.

 

Cheerful Emu

Emu

This cheerful looking emu is a resident of Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, near Hilo. What strikes me most though is how this photo is just like looking in a mirror. I mean, the hair, the beak …

Posted in response to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge ‘Smiles.’

For more information about Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, go to hilozoo.org.

Signs: Don’t tease the tiger

This sign can be seen at Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens in Hilo, and that’s Sriracha pacing behind the fence. I post this because I really want one of those signs. It would be great, give local kids something to think about, maybe even cause the neighbor’s dogs to think twice before pooping in the yard.

The only thing that could improve this sign is to add, ‘or we’ll throw you over the fence.’

For more information about Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, go to hilozoo.org.

Sriracha, a female Bengal tiger, paces at Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo.

Sriracha the Bengal tiger

Sriracha, a female Bengal tiger, paces at Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo.

This week’s WordPress photo challenge is to choose your favorite photo taken in 2017. I’m going with a photo that I haven’t posted before (though below I offer a few of my favorites that have run).

This is Sriracha, a female Bengal tiger and cousin of Tzatziki, a white male tiger. Both can be found at Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo. What I like about this photo is those huge paws, the quiet movement, and the sense of great power that could be uncoiled at any moment.

For more information about Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, go to hilozoo.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As far as favorite photos already posted are concerned, I offer a few here:

Left. A gold dust day gecko drinking from a bird of paradise flower is a blaze of color (posted here).
Right. This photo captures the awesome spectacle of the lava firehose from Kilauea Volcano pouring into the ocean (posted here). Currently, while the flow is still active, lava is no longer entering the ocean.
Left. I was happy to snap the moment a passion vine butterfly laid an egg (posted here). This was taken on the same day as the gecko photo above, so a banner day for me.
Right. I like all the photos in this post for their color and how they capture something of this most Hawaiian of dance (posted here).

Finally, I love this gargantuan blenny for its name, and was very pleased to get this photo, since the fish is apt to dart away and the shallow water was rocking (posted here).

White Bengal tiger, Tzatziki, rests in the shade

Hawaiian tiger

White Bengal tiger, Tzatziki, rests in the shadeWhite Bengal tiger, Tzatziki, rests in the shade

It’s Halloween, so I thought I should post something scary. Trouble is, there’s not a lot of scary stuff on the Big Island. Then I thought of the tiger I saw while out hiking one day.

Around this point is when I get an angry call from the Big Island tourist bureau, so I should clarify that my hike was through Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo and the tiger is Tzatziki, a white Bengal tiger. Tzatziki is one of two tigers at the zoo. They arrived in March of 2016 as replacements for Namaste, another white Bengal tiger, who died in January 2014 at the age of 15.

Tzatziki is a reasonable choice for Halloween. He’s ghostly white and, as for scary, just imagine tumbling into the tiger enclosure. I suspect it would be a rapid transition from spectator to chew toy.

For more information about Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, go to hilozoo.org.