Press Releases

Aug 26, 2014
Geriatric muskox humanely euthanized after breaking right hind leg

Aug 19, 2014
High in the 80s, 'snow' on the ground at Point Defiance Zoo on Saturday; animals get piles of ice to explore, while kids get a lawn full of shaved ice for play

July 22, 2014
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium wins nomination as one of the 10 best aquariums in North America by USA Today 10Best, and voting is now through Aug.18

July 15, 2014
Canada lynx kitten, two burrowing owls and a barn owl join Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

July 8, 2014
Two fragile clouded leopard cubs die within 48 hours of birth at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

July 7, 2014
What a great deal: Four-and-a-half hours at the Zoo for half off general admission

June 25, 2014
E.T. back on exhibit at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

June 21, 2014
SHARKMANIA! opens June 21 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

June 19, 2014
All dads get half-off general admission at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Sunday, June 15, in recognition of Father's Day

June 2, 2014
What a great deal: Four-and-a-half hours at the Zoo for half off general admission on July 18

June 2, 2014
E.T. is again in 'guarded' condition at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

May 26, 2014
E.T. returns to exhibit at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

May 22, 2014
E.T. making 'significant strides' toward recovery

May 19, 2014
E.T. remains in 'guarded' condition at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

May 13, 2014
32-year-old walrus E.T. seriously ill at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

May 6, 2014
In honor of moms: It's Half-Price Moms' Day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Saturday

April 30, 2014
Summer of Adventure begins Saturday at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

April 15, 2014
Tacoma trucking company honored with second annual Paw of Approval award

April 18, 2014
Missing eagle owl found safe in Point Defiance Park

April 17, 2014
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium seeks public's help in locating eagle owl

April 16, 2014
Tiger cub Kali gets a special birthday "cake" for her birthday celebration on Saturday

March 31, 2014
Party for the planet, wish Happy Birthday to a year-old tiger and more during a busy, fun-filled April at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

March 24, 2014
Spring Break Superstars take center stage at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

March 10, 2014
From special treats for animals to environmentally friendly tips for visitors, everyone can enjoy Go Green at the Zoo this week

March 4, 2014
Siesta the sloth and Nigel the coendou to visit program for at-risk kids

March 2, 2014
Tacoma residents can enjoy two free days at their zoo in March

February 28, 2014
Spring hours begin in March at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

February 14, 2014
Beloved Canada lynx humanely euthanized at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

January 24, 2014
Show Seahawks pride and save on admission to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

January 22, 2014
Pierce County businesses invited to apply for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's second annual Paw of Approval Award recognizing environmental stewardship

January 7, 2014
Tacoma residents can enjoy two free days at their zoo in January

January 6, 2014
Attendance breaks record at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

December 29, 2013
Zoolights gives Seahawks fans even more reason to cheer

November 20, 2013
Zoolights makes holiday magic at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Nov. 29 - Jan. 5

October 29, 2013
In honor of their service: Veterans enjoy free admission to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Veterans' Day Weekend, Nov. 10-11

October 16, 2013
Zoo Boo: Scarecrows and creepy crawlies, plus treats and tigers and bears, oh my!

October 5, 2013
Calling sixth-grad through college students: Get the scoop on zoological careers--for free!

October 1, 2013
Eye-to-Eye Shark Dives open Oct. 11 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
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September 18, 2013
Malayan tapir dies at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

September 5, 2013
It's almost time to Hoot 'n' Howl at Northwest Trek and go 'Boo' at the Zoo

August 2, 2013
Geriatric clouded leopard humanely euthanized at Point Defiance Zoo

July 19, 2013
There will be more fun than a tiger has stripes during Tiger Conservation Weekend at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, but there's a message about saving them, too

July 9, 2013
What a great deal: Five-and-a-half hours at the Zoo for half off general admission

June 24, 2013
Sea Otter Homer, believed to be the last remaining Exxon Valdez oil spill survivor of her species, humanely euthanized at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

June 11, 2013
Second Harbor Seal Pup Born This Month

June 4, 2013
Two beach programs offer free guided fun and hands-on exploration this summer

June 3, 2013
Harbor seal pup born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium; mother Shila and pup are doing well

May 11, 2013
Superheroes, a special deal for moms and budgie buddies all at the Zoo on Saturday

May 8, 2013
And her name is... Kali: 3-week-old Sumatran tiger cubs makes media debut

May 2, 2013
Rare clouded leopard cub born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

April 26, 2013
Stingray Cove touch tank exhibit opens May 4 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

April 18, 2013
It's a girl! Day-old Sumatran tiger cub being hand-reared by Zoo staff

April 17, 2013
Rare Sumatran tiger cub born overnight at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium; clouded leopard and seal pup births expected in May and June

April 15, 2013
Four local businesses to receive first annual Polar Bear 'Paw of Approval' Awards

April 11, 2013
Get down to Earth with a Party for the Planet at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium April 20-21

April 2, 2013
Zoo, Zoo, ZOOM! Zip line/challenge courses open for season on Saturday at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium; it's epic fun for ages 5 and up

March 19, 2013
Take a Spring Break with the animals: School vacation is the perfect time to come to the Zoo, and a different animal will be spotlighted each day, April 1-5

March 8, 2013
Endangered Malayan tiger cub Berani rejoins 'step brother' Dumai on exhibit


March 7, 2013
Media invited to see tiger cub Berani rejoin 'foster brother' on exhibit Friday

March 1, 2013
Endangered Malayan tiger cub out of the hospital and in 'very good' condition

February 28, 2013
Endangered Malayan tiger cub showing slight improvement

February 27, 2013
Endangered Malayan tiger cub remains in guarded condition as a team of veterinarians works to uncover the cause of his illness

February 26, 2013
Endangered Malayan tiger cub in poor condition following emergency surgery

February 19, 2013
Color the St. Patrick's fun green at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

February 15, 2013
10 percent military discount now available on Zoo and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park memberships

February 8, 2013
Larry Norvell settles in as new director of The Zoo Society

January 14, 2013
Polar Bear 'Paw of Approval' Award to honor Pierce County businesses that have made significant strides to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

January 3, 2013
25th annual edition of Zoolights draws more than 112,000 ohhing and ahhing guests, capping a year of cubs, pups and wondrous events at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

November 27, 2012
Sumatran tiger humanely euthanized due to chronic kidney disease and cancer

November 16, 2012
25th annual edition of Zoolights opens Nov. 23 to light up holiday-season nights and put a warm glow in the hearts of thousands

November 16, 2012
Zoo, Zoo, Zoom! Two NEW Zip Line/challenge courses to debut at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium during 25th annual Zoolights

October 29, 2012
Zoolights 25th anniversary tickets now on sale

October 26, 2012
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium launches fundraising campaign to help wild tigers

October 25, 2012
Tufted puffin exhibit temporarily closed at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

October 3, 2012
5-week-old Malayan Tiger Cub coming to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium from Tulsa
Tiny tiger gets a name: Zoo fans pick Dumai for 13-pound cub

September 13, 2012
Rare Sumatran tiger cub makes debut at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

September 10, 2012
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium wins prestigious five-year accreditation

August 29, 2012
It's time to say goodbye: clouded leopard cubs headed to other zoos

August 28, 2012
6-day-old Sumatran tiger cub now being hand-reared by Zoo staff

August 23, 2012
Sumatran tiger cub born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

August 21, 2012
Rare Malayan tapir Jambi dies at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

August 15, 2012
Popular Burmese python euthanized due to a fractured back

July 27, 2012
Endangered Sumatran tiger at Point Defiance Zoo is pregnant, cubs due in August

June 6, 2012
ET is turning 30, and there will be a whopping big walrus party

May 22, 2012
Five "robust" red wolf pups are nursing well with protective mom Millie

May 15, 2012
At least 6 pups born to endangered red wolf at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

May 3, 2012
Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater Opens a new super-hero themed live animal show at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium May 12

April 25, 2012
"Sealed" with a kiss: Male harbor seal Q is coming to Tacoma with love in his heart, and a harem awaits him. Zoo staff hoping for happy mating--and a pup.

April 20, 2012
Mad about meerkats: A birthday bash on Saturday; naming contest for babies

April 19, 2012
6-week-old clouded leopard cubs get names: Ch?n s?ng and Suksn

April 18, 2012
Aged polar bear euthanized at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

March 29, 2012
Sumatran tiger makes a splashy debut at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

March 6, 2012
Two endangered clouded leopard cubs born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

February 24, 2012
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium readies for more endangered clouded leopard cubs

February 14, 2012
Zoo officials unveil ideas for new aquarium complex and exhibit to replace aging facilities

February 13, 2012
New male tiger coming to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium to breed

January 24, 2012
Two clouded leopard cubs leaving Tacoma for new home in Florida

November 23, 2011
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium debuts scuba-diving Santa at Zoolights

November 14, 2011
Clouded leopard cubs leaving Tacoma for new home at Denver Zoo

August 26, 2011
Watch endangered clouded leopards leap and climb in Point Defiance Zoo’s new exhibit

July 22, 2011
Point Defiance Zoo staff mourn loss of female Sumatran tiger cub

June 14, 2011
Two clouded leopard cubs born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

May 25, 2011
Endangered clouded leopard is pregnant, cubs expected in mid-June

May 21, 2011
The Scoop on Poop exhibit at Point Defiance Zoo mixes fecal facts with fun

April 18, 2011
Point Defiance Zoo officials invite community input on zoo’s future at public meetings

February 16, 2011
Male Sumatran tiger to leave Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Feb. 17

December 1, 2010
Tiger cub who nearly died is reunited with brother and mother

November 19, 2010
Female tiger cub is on the road to recovery

November 16, 2010
Female tiger cub at Point Defiance Zoo in critical condition after undergoing surgery yesterday

August 24, 2010
$1.1 million exhibit Red Wolf Woods opens at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

July 23, 2010
Tiger cubs make their public debut at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium this weekend

September 17, 2007
Zoo retains five-year national accreditation