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Explore the Shore

August 2
10:30 am
Become a citizen scientist for a day at Owen Beach! Join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium naturalists for low tide beach walks where we will identify tide pool animals and record their presence and location in order to add the informatio... More event info »

Primate Party

August 6 - August 7
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Join us in a celebration of fascinating primates!Lemurs, gibbons, and siamangs will all receive special enrichment treats and toys.Enrichments improve an animal's quality of life by creating a more stimulating environment and encouraging... More event info »

Garden Tour

August 7
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join our Zoo Horticulturist on an in-depth Garden Tour to learn about the plants in the Zoo collection. Learn about the beautiful plants on Zoo grounds, how they fit into the ecosystem, and how plants and animals relate.Garden... More event info »

Tacoma Library Reading Celebration

August 13
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
The Zoo salutes young readers with a FREE day at the Zoo in partnership with Tacoma Public Library.   Young readers who completed the 2016 Tacoma Public Library Summer Reading Challenge receive FREE admission to the Zoo for the day.... More event info »

Free Day for Seniors and People with Disabilities

August 16
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Seniors (65+) and people with disabilities are invited to a free day at the Zoo (see all 2016 dates). Valid for daytime admission only. Not valid for special events. More event info »

Origami Elephant Party

August 17
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join the herd! The 96 Elephants coalition is partnering with zoos and aquariums across the country in an attempt to break the world record for the largest display of origami elephants.The goal is to display 35,000 origami elephants, represe... More event info »

Explore the Shore

August 18
10:45 am
Become a citizen scientist for a day at Owen Beach! Join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium naturalists for low tide beach walks where we will identify tide pool animals and record their presence and location in order to add the informatio... More event info »

Arctic Blast

August 20
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Beat the heat! Join us for an arctic blast in the middle of summer. "Chill out" with an ice cream treat from the cafe and watch animals cool off with special ice enrichments.Enrichments improve an animal's quality of life by creating a m... More event info »