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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.

NOTE: Parts of Asian Forest Sanctuary, goats and seabirds are temporarily closed as we renovate. 

Animal Experiences

Pacific Seas Aquarium Community Celebration
Animals, arts and more. April 1-30
Animal feeds, aquarist dives and talks, filmmakers, artists, speakers, storytelling, hands-on activities and so much more here at the Zoo and around Tacoma, every day through April. Come celebrate!
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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. NOTE: Our goats are temporarily off exhibit. Parts of Asia are also closed.
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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

Caring for the small: Rockfish and seahorse

In a corridor surrounded by pipes, tanks and equipment, three women crouch over a tub. One – an intern veterinarian – carefully handles a Q-tip swab. The second – a veterinarian – readies a microscope slide. The third – an aquarist – has her gloved hands submerged, gently holding a china rockfish. A fourth aquarist … Continued

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A Tapir Ultrasound

Zoological Aide Katie Schachtsick holds a long-handled back-scratcher and applies just the right amount of pressure as she rubs it across the black-and-white hide of endangered Malayan tapir Yuna. It’s clear Yuna enjoys the attention – and the back rub – leaning into the scratcher and then moving her stout legs down, getting into a … Continued

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AI for endangered tigers

Cross your paws. And think of tiger cubs! Our endangered female Sumatran tigers, 5-year-old Kali and 4-year-old Kirana, could be pregnant. Both were artificially inseminated Jan. 30 with sperm from 14-year-old Mohan. We won’t know for a few weeks if a pregnancy resulted, but if successful, tiger cubs would be born in May. But it … 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.