Animals & Exhibits

Almost all of the Zoo's animals live around the Pacific Rim. The Kids' Zone features animals from around the world. You will find each animal in an exhibit named after its wild habitat. Find out more by following the links below.

• • Asian Forest Sanctuary • •
Sprawling over five acres, there are six exhibit areas with many viewing points, including our popular Cats of the Canopy exhibit, as well as a waterfall, streams, ponds, mineral licks, and bamboo forest. You will quickly discover why this exhibit is called a sanctuary.

 
• • • • • • • • • • • • Rocky Shores • • • • • • • •

Some of the Zoo's most beloved animals - Pacific walruses, sea otters and tufted puffins - live in this award-winning habitat. You can view this exhibit above and below water, offering a closer-than-ever look at these marine animals.

         
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The Arctic Tundra exhibit mirrors a coastal setting near Point Hope, Alaska. Travel along sloping walkways into the "Far North" and encounter reindeer and Arctic foxes as well as massive muskox, known to the indigenous tundra people as "Oomingmak." Then, venture further to see polar bears!


• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Red Wolf Woods • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Thanks to the efforts of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and other organizations, the red wolf population has grown from 14 to over 250 wolves over the past few decades. Observe our beautiful red wolves, learn about their conservation story, and observe a real wolf skull and pelt.



Aquariums

South Pacific Aquarium
Plunge into a tropical world featuring sharks, coral reefs and other fascinating marine life.
 
North Pacific Aquarium
Tour two floors of exhibits, including the hands-on Marine Discovery Center. See salmon, jellyfish, octopuses and much more.

Other Exhibits

Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater
The Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater invites you to watch exciting animals showing their amazing talents on the naturalistic stage as the presenters take you on an outdoor adventure.
                   
Kids' Zone
This fanciful exhibit engages children in active learning through play. The focus is on fun, movement and learning what animals need to thrive.

Explore the Magical Movement area where kids can climb and move or visit Contact Junction and meet live animals up-close. Head over to Animal Avenue to meet meerkats, lemurs and much more!