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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

Zoolights
Feel the magic. Nov. 29-Jan. 5
See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with over 700,000 lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light displays.
Zoolights
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

One, two, 200! The 2019 Sea Otter Count

On a fine day this summer, Stephanie Rager, staff biologist at the Zoo’s Rocky Shores habitat, went for a hike. After three miles and a lot of uphill walking at the remote edge of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, she arrived with two other women at the rocky outcrop of Sand Point. There they set up a … Continued

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Walrus Training

Cindy Roberts and Sheriden Ploof stood in long rubber boots on the edge of the walrus pool, metal bucket in hand. For the two Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium staff biologists, it was a bittersweet moment. Basilla and Kulusiq, the zoo’s two female walruses, were leaving for a new home in sunny San Diego – … Continued

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Feeding Chiquita

It’s possibly the best job in the world. Adrienne Umpstead, staff biologist at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater, sits in a pool of sunlight just near the tamandua habitat. One foot propped on a stool, her lap is covered with a small pillow and fleece blanket. One hand is poised with a bottle; the other … 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.