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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 - TEMPORARILY LIMITED
Red Wolf Woods
Pacific Seas Aquarium
South Pacific Aquarium
Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater - TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Budgie Buddies - TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Read Animal Stories

Send an Animal Shoutout

Are you missing your family and friends? Do you want to wish them a socially distanced “Happy Birthday!” or “Congrats!”? Animal lovers can now share a special message with a wild touch, all from the comfort of your own couch! Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park are now offering “Animal Shoutouts.” … Continued

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Coyote Spotting

It’s a warm summer evening, and you’re out for a twilight walk. Suddenly, you spot a pair of bright eyes in the undergrowth. You freeze. A coyote steps out into the silence, bushy-tailed, followed by – yes! – three young pups. Quick as lightning, you whip out your phone and snap a photo. Alerted, they … Continued

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Splish, splash! Zoo animals that beat the heat

We all love summer in the Pacific Northwest, but there’s no doubt that some days get pretty hot. Humans are pretty creative in finding ways to beat the heat – splashing, shade, cool clothes – and our Zoo animals do it too! Muskox Muskoxen are adapted for living above the Arctic Circle and nibbling for … Continued

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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.