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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. 23-Jan. 6.
See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than 700,000 lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light displays.
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Daily Presentations
Meet our family.
Meet our keepers and see our animals up close. Watch enrichments happening, feed a goat 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
Camel Rides

Read Animal Stories

Cho Cho, the Oldest Siamang

How does it feel to be the oldest siamang – probably – in North America? Well, for Cho Cho, snuggled up with his companion Dudlee on a crisp fall morning at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, it seemed pretty cozy. This year Cho Cho is celebrating his 51st birthday – which makes him the oldest … Continued

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We’re expecting a baby tapir!

Endangered Malayan tapirs Yuna and Baku strolled around one of the Asian Forest Sanctuary exhibits on Wednesday afternoon, grazing on grasses – and keeping a secret. Not even the birds perched in the nearby trees would tweet the news. But we can let you in on this uber-exciting development today. Hooray! Hooray! A baby tapir … Continued

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Lunchtime in the aquarium

Animal care aide Jordan Jirik lies flat on her stomach, her head hanging over the top of Baja Bay’s 280,000-gallon habitat. Below her, five hungry spotted eagle rays swim eagerly up to a large black sign with a big white X emblazoned on it. It’s their feeding-station target. And when it appears in the water, … 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.