IN TOUCH  with the wild

Have you ever wondered what an armadillo's armor feels like--or the skin of a sleek stingray? How prickly is a hedgehog, anyway? Discover new animals up close at the Zoo all summer long at our enhanced Close Encounter opportunities. Pick up a Zoo map at the front gate to check the Animal Presentations schedule and see what's happening during your visit!

Touch an Animal Ambassador

Monday-Friday, 2:30 pm
Come face-to-face with an Animal Ambassador near the Red Wolf Picnic Area. You might touch an armadillo, hedgehog, iguana, millipede, or many others!

Meet an Aardvark
Fridays at 1:30 pm (weather dependent)
Meet an awesome aardvark during a Close Encounter near the Muskoxen exhibit in Arctic Tundra.

Feed a Bird
Mon-Fri, 10:30 am-2 pm
Sat-Sun, 10:30 am-1 pm & 2-5
Stroll through the open-air Budgie Buddies exhibit and feed the friendly and colorful budgies with a seed stick.

Feel a Sea Star & More
Daily, 10 am-4 pm
Visit the Marine Discovery Center in the North Pacific Aquarium to touch a sea star or sea urchin, take part in a squid dissection, make a fun art project and learn how we can all protect Puget Sound habitats.

Touch Stingrays and Sharks
Daily, 10 am-1 pm & 2-5 pm
Feel the velvety skin of a stingray or the sandpaper-like skin of a small shark at Stingray Cove. Learn all about these cartilaginous cousins in the tropical Lagoon exhibit of the South Pacific Aquarium.

camel circle

Ride a Camel
Daily, 10 am-3 pm
Enjoy beautiful views of the Point Defiance Park Rose Gardens from the back of a cool camel. Commemorative photos are available to preserve this special memory.

Dive with Sharks

Thursday-Monday, times vary
There's no experience quite like an Eye-to-Eye Shark Dive. Descend into a 240,000-gallon warm water shark tank in the South Pacific Aquarium while learning all about sharks. Registration is required.