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.
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.
Some of the Zoo's most beloved animals - Pacific walrus, 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.
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!
We are pleased to provide our visitors with the chance to observe our red wolves and learn more about this important recovery program. Learn what Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is doing to save the endangered red wolf from extinction.
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!