Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Welcome to Arctic Tundra

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! Watch the bears swim in their 11-foot-deep saltwater pool from the observation platform or go downstairs to come nose-to-nose with them.

The polar bear exhibit earned the 1982 Exhibit Achievement Award from the American Zoo and Aquarium Association for "Best New Exhibit" of the year and is still regarded as among the best in the world.