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Animals

Meet our animals

Glide with a shark. Wiggle with a walrus. Chirp with budgies. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is full of animals that will capture your heart and imagination, in habitats from tropical waters to lush bamboo forest. Explore them all here.

Animal Experiences

Love at the Zoo
Feel the love. Feb. 15-16
Feel the love as Zoo animals experience special Valentine-themed treats and enrichments. Meet keepers and learn about wildlife.
Love at the Zoo
Daily Presentations
Meet our family.
Meet our keepers and see our animals up close. Watch enrichments happen and learn how to help animals in the wild.
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Explore Animal Habitats

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

Read Animal Stories

5 Animals that Beat the Cold

We’re all feeling the cold right about now in the Pacific Northwest – and the rest of the country too. But here at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, our animals have some pretty cool ways to deal with it. From fur coats to heated hammocks, here are five ways our animals beat the winter cold. … Continued

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Dear Santa: An Animal Wish List

What would you ask Santa for these holidays if you were a walrus? Or a tiger? Of course we can’t know what our animals are thinking, but we can definitely make some fun guesses based on what they enjoy doing or eating! Here’s a Zoo wish-list for Santa from some of our animals. Let’s hope … Continued

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Chiquita explores the aquarium

If the sharks and fish noticed an unusual animal in the South Pacific Aquarium, they didn’t let on. In the steamy aquarium, on a December Tuesday when Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium was closed, two tamanduas were wandering past the Outer Reef, along the lagoon and over to stingray beach. It was Terra and her … Continued

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Our Animal Care

Caring for Animals
It's what we do.
At Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, we are here for our animals. From cutting-edge medical treatments to daily love and attention, we care deeply. Read our stories here.
Our stories

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.

Immerse yourself
Looking for a deeper animal connection? Dive with our sharks! Warm in a dry suit and breathing surface air, you'll come eye to eye with these breathtakingly beautiful creatures.