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Closed Tues-Wed

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Not Red Bull but Tilli the #aardvark definitely loves her crunchies! 💕 She uses her long sticky tongue to slurp up tasty snacks.
Buckets of fun with sea otter Libby! 🪣 Enrichment, including objects like this big bucket, provide our animals opportunity for both physical and mental stimulation. 🦦
Hudson the muskox always checking out what his care team is up to. 🥰

📹: Keeper Russell
Incoming meatballs! Sumatran tiger Sanjiv practices catching meatballs from keeper Callie. 

#SpringTraining #Caturday #PointDefianceZoo #Zoo #Tiger #SumatranTiger #Enrichment
Albert the lemur REALLY loves the sunshine! ☀️ 

📸: Keeper Christy
Clouded leopard Jao Ying explores her outdoor Cats of the Canopy habitat and hunts for steak. Keepers have been working with the 15-year-old endangered clouded leopard to give her options. Jao Ying can choose whether to be in her private bedroom, indoor den, or main outdoor habitat. Keepers say today’s outdoor exploration is a big act of bravery for the elusive cat and are so happy with how well Jao Ying is doing. 😻

Jao Ying had her left eye removed after a tumor was discovered last year. She has adjusted beautifully and continues moving around, climbing, and exploring her habitats.

📹: Keeper Piper