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White Bengal Tiger Namaste Euthanized at Hilo Zoo

Namaste, a male white Bengal tiger that was the star attraction of the Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens in Hilo for fifteen years, was euthanized this morning.

Namaste

Namaste

Over the past several weeks, Namaste developed multiple health problems that caused his quality of life to deteriorate.

Donated to the Pana‘ewa Zoo in 1999 by Las Vegas magician Dirk Arthur, Namaste was 8 months old when he arrived on Hawai‘i Island. For 15 years, Namaste’s daily afternoon feedings drew a crowd, and his birthday parties held every September attracted hundreds of attendees.

Namaste was buried today in his enclosure, and the spot will soon be marked with a monument. The zoo also has plans to welcome another tiger after making some renovations to the tiger habitat to accommodate a younger animal.

Namaste the Tiger on the Big Island Gets Nasty!

There is a white tiger named Namaste at the Panaewa Zoo on the Big Island here in Hawaii and apparently he doesn’t have much manners!

Doh!

You know a tiger doesn’t want to be photographed when he does this!

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Namaste – It is a customary greeting when individuals meet, and a valediction upon their parting.