Conservation & Research

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Shark Conservation

Tiger Conservation

Red Wolf Project

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Climate Change
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Paws for the Cause

Conservation is at the core of the work we do at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

It’s a passion that drives us to protect threatened species and their habitats, from the jungles of Borneo to the wetlands of Western Washington.

Through generous private support from the Zoo Society, Zoo members, guests and donors, we have made significant contributions to protecting wildlife -- from endangered species breeding programs to public education.

Over the past decade, the Zoo Society's Dr. Holly Reed Wildlife Conservation Fund has provided more than $1 million in grants to study and conserve wildlife and wild places, benefiting a diverse range of creatures from frogs and fish to wolves and walruses. The conservation grants also have advanced the health and management of the Zoo’s animals through studies of animal behavior and reproduction.

With the support of the Zoo Society and Zoo members, guests, and other donors, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and our conservation partners will continue to protect Earth’s biodiversity for future generations.

2012 Conservation Report (PDF)

2014 Conservation Report (PDF)

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Learn more

Get the scoop on climate change and how we are partnering with other organizations to help polar bears and other wildlife.

Get involved with Citizen Science to help catalog the presence of local species. It's a fun way to get outdoors while helping scientists!


Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is dedicated to operating with green practices. The Zoo's Green Team recommends best practices in conservation and works to include environmentally-responsible policies in all Zoo operations.