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Nov. 24, 2023 - Jan. 1, 2024
4:30pm - 10pm

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Underwater zoomies! Puffins dive to find fish, squid and crustaceans, holding their breath for up to two minutes and carrying around 10 fish in their beak at a time. 

#puffin #pointdefiancezoo #aquarium
Todayโ€™s full moon is also known as the Beaver Moon. ๐ŸŒ• According to the Old Farmerโ€™s Almanac, the November moon is derived from beavers, who are particularly active this time of the year building their winter dams in preparation for the colder weather.

Our beaver family is busy enjoying tasty snacks! ๐Ÿฆซ๐Ÿฅฌ

๐Ÿ“น: Keeper Alex

#fullmoon #beavermoon #pointdefiancezoo #snacks #beaver #nomnom
Time to purrty! ๐ŸŽ‰ Sang Dao, our 10-year-old clouded leopard, received a massive 14-pound ball of catnip bliss! ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿพ

๐Ÿ“น: Keepers Shannon & Piper

#cloudedleopard #enrichment #pointdefiancezoo #catnip #catsofinstagram #zoo
Let's go, @soundersfc! ๐Ÿ’šโšฝ

#sounders #soundersmatchday #soundersfc #seattlesounders #enrichment #pointdefiancezoo #tamandua #armadillo #aardvark #beaver
Willow, the muskox calf, is ready for tonight's Sounders Western Conference Semifinal match! Let's go, @soundersfc! ๐Ÿ’š

Willow's secret soccer move while showing off her fancy footwork: the fluffy ball roll. โšฝ

๐Ÿ“น: Keepers Piper and Russell

#sounders #soundersmatchday #soundersfc #seattlesounders #muskox #soccer #enrichment #babyanimals #pointdefiancezoo
The sea otters are enjoying a nice afternoon dip! Their thick fur keeps them insulated and warm. 

๐Ÿ“ธ: Keeper Kristyn
Watermelon snacks with two-month-old Willow! ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿฅฐ

๐Ÿ“น: Keepers Shannon & Piper 

#muskox #babyanimals #pointdefiancezoo