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Animals

What's Open?

The new Zoo experience.

Wiggle with a walrus. 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.

NOTE: Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, some indoor, high-touch exhibits and experiences are closed. Both aquariums now open!!

Animal Experiences

Keeper Chats and Encounters
Meet our family.
During current Covid-19 restrictions, Keeper Chats and Animal Encounters will continue at various times throughout the Zoo but will not be scheduled to prevent congestion. Watch our animals receive special care or enrichment treats, and ask all the questions you can think of. Remember to keep a social distance!

Explore Animal Habitats

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

Read Animal Stories

Gut Feeling: Researching Red Wolf IBD

Inflammatory bowel disease is no fun. Diarrhea, vomiting, unpleasant gut sensations, even pain or fever. But if you’re an American red wolf, there are worse implications: That inflammation in your intestines might cause you to lose weight, get stressed and maybe even fail to reproduce. For an endangered species with less than 300 like you … Continued

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A Tale of Two Wolves

Once upon a time there were two wolf species: red wolves and gray wolves. Neither of them were “big and bad,” but they were often feared by humans. Over time, more and more were killed. By 1940 gray wolves were decimated in the American wild and by the 1970s, so were red wolves. It was … Continued

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New Animal Experiences Available

Visit the Zoo before the crowds arrive, feed an unusual hero, groom a goat, dive with sharks or go behind-the-scenes of the Pacific Seas Aquarium. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is expanding its Zoo for You exclusive animal experiences with two new premier adventures. In addition to grooming goats, diving with sharks and a behind-the-scenes … Continued

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Animal Fun

Pumpkin Days Oct. 24-31
Animals, costumes, fun!
We're bringing all your Zoo Boo favorites to Pumpkin Days - but with new precautions to keep us all safe and healthy. Timed online tickets, face coverings, one-way paths, anytime activities and unscheduled animal encounters - come in costume and have fun!
Pumpkin Days
Creatures of the Night Oct. 31
Meet spooky animals, virtually!
What's a bat's favorite treat? How about a snake? Find out in Creatures of the Night, a virtual program where you meet Zoo staff and four fantastic animals, live from the Zoo. Wear costume and bring questions! Bookings coming soon.
Creatures of the Night

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.