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Animals

Wriggle and Roar

Our animals are waiting to meet you.

Wiggle with an otter. Roar with a tiger. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is full of animals that will capture your heart and imagination, in habitats from rocky shores to bamboo forests. Explore them all here.

Animal Experiences

Keeper Chats and Encounters
Meet our family.
Our daily schedule of Keeper Chats and Animal Encounters is back! Feed a goat, watch feeds and meet keepers. See the full schedule here.
Daily Presentations

Explore Animal Habitats

Pacific Seas Aquarium
Asian Forest Sanctuary
Arctic Tundra
Rocky Shores
Kids' Zone
Red Wolf Woods
Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater
South Pacific Aquarium - Temporarily Closed
Budgie Buddies - Opening May 7

Read Animal Stories

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Animal Lovers

Go beyond the typical Mother’s Day gifts and give mom a memorable experience she can enjoy with the whole family this year. Get up close to a moose, pet a … Continued

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Penguin Nesting Season

It’s penguin nesting season at the Zoo! As of late April, keepers had observed three eggs laid from penguin pairs Yellow & Orange (1 egg) and Pink & Red (2 … Continued

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REPTILE BLOOD DRAWS TAKE A VILLAGE

What takes up to 10 hands, a calm demeanor, incredible skill … and maybe a little luck? Try drawing blood from a snake. Unlike some species, snakes don’t have visible … Continued

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Animal Fun

Missing our animals?
Book an experience.
Go behind-the-scenes of the Pacific Seas Aquarium. Take a Wild Tour before the Zoo opens. Our Zoo For You Animal Experiences get you behind the scenes and up close to our animals. Perfect for families!
Animal Experiences

Meet Our Animals

Take Action for wildlife

THE CHALLENGE: Our Earth’s animals need our help. Their habitats are disappearing; they are being poached or hurt by pollution. We need to act now – together.

TAKE ACTION: At Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, we take action for animals. We support conservation campaigns and send our zoologists into the field for research. And you can help.

Support the Zoo
Looking for a deeper animal connection? Donate to The Zoo Society to support animal care, wildlife conservation, education and more.