Zoo renew pushed back: County targets February for reopening of Panaewa animal park

  • Zoo director Pam Mizuno points changes that have been made to better comply with ADA standards at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. The walkway has been lowered and paved to alleviate the slope. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • A new site to view monkeys has been built to better comply with ADA standards at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. The zoo is undergoing massive construction and is not set to reopen until February 2021.

  • Zoo director Pam Mizuno says hi to a lemur while walking through the lemurs' new home at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. The housing originally used for lemurs was too old for the rambunctious primates.

  • A ramp is being built at the front entrance to the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. The entrance has completely changed to better comply with ADA standards.

  • Zoo director Pam Mizuno looks at the newly paved walkway that is not yet finished at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020.

  • The walkway to the anteaters is blocked as the construction has just begun at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. The zoo is undergoing massive construction and is not set to reopen until February 2021.

  • Zoo director Pam Mizuno looks at the construction ongoing at the main pavilion area at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. The seating area will be extended to help make room for ADA compliant bathrooms.

  • Zoo director Pam Mizuno points to various changes that have been made to better comply with ADA standards at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. The zoo is undergoing massive construction and is not set to reopen until February 2021.

The reopening of Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens has been delayed to early 2021.