Conservation & Research

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Shark Conservation

Tiger Conservation

Red Wolf Project

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Climate Change
96 Elephants
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.

With generous private support from the Point Defiance Zoo Society, we have made significant contributions to protecting wildlife through a variety of venues, from endangered species breeding programs to public education.

Over the past decade, we have 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. Our conservation grants have also advanced the health and management of the Zoo’s animals through studies of animal behavior and reproduction. With the support of Zoo Society members, Zoo guests, and other donors, PDZA and our conservation partners continue to protect Earth’s biodiversity for future generations.

   Download our Conservation Report (PDF)

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.