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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

Zoo Boo
Costumes & critters. Oct. 12-13
Join us for a fun, fall-themed weekend as our animals experience special pumpkin enrichments. Wear a costume. Play ghostly games for treats. And look around the Zoo for all our decorations.
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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.
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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

Browsing the Bamboo

When you think ‘edible gardening,’ you usually don’t imagine growing banana trees for elephants. But Bryon Jones does. The lead horticulturalist at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium has created an entire garden devoted to plants that zoo animals can munch, nibble or chew. It’s usually hidden from public view. But on this Sunday’s free garden … Continued

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Meet Kazu the tapir calf!

UPDATE: Kazu made his public debut Aug. 30. He and Yuna are now viewable in the Asian Forest Sanctuary late morning-early afternoon on weekends. Trotting over green grass. Figuring out stairs. Swimming. A brand-new, exciting world for Kazu the tapir calf is in store this weekend at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, as the seven-week-old … 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! Asian elephants Hanako and Suki might be elderly elephants, but they love a … 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.