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Animals

Wriggle and Roar

Our animals are waiting to meet you.

Wiggle with an otter. 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.

Animal Experiences

Keeper Chats and Encounters
Meet our family.
Our daily schedule of Keeper Chats and Animal Encounters is back! Feed a goat, touch a stingray, watch feeds and meet keepers. See the full schedule here.
Daily Presentations

Explore Animal Habitats

Pacific Seas Aquarium
Asian Forest Sanctuary
Arctic Tundra
Rocky Shores
South Pacific Aquarium
Kids' Zone
Red Wolf Woods
Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater
Budgie Buddies - CLOSED

Read Animal Stories

Mourning Kirana

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium staff are mourning the loss of Kirana, a female  Sumatran tiger who died this morning after experiencing severe injuries during a breeding introduction as part of a plan to help save her endangered species. Six-year-old Kirana sustained life-threatening injuries from Raja, the zoo’s two-year-old male Sumatran tiger. A necropsy, or … Continued

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ELDERLY POLAR BEAR BLIZZARD DIAGNOSED WITH LIVER CANCER

Blizzard, a 25-year-old polar bear at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, has been diagnosed with liver cancer and will receive chemotherapy treatment and other supportive care to slow progression of the disease. The zoo’s head veterinarian, Dr. Karen Wolf, said Blizzard had elevated liver enzymes on his recent bloodwork and was showing signs of nausea. … Continued

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Pufflings Are Here!

On a rainy, late-summer morning in Tacoma, keeper Cindy is watching the puffins. She’s drenched, but that’s just part of the job she loves. The “unglamorous” part of keeper life some would say, but Cindy doesn’t mind. On this drizzly day, it’s her responsibility to keep a close eye on the horned puffling (puffin chick) … Continued

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Animal Fun

Missing our animals?
Book an experience.
Go behind-the-scenes of the Pacific Seas Aquarium. Take a Wild Tour before the Zoo opens. Our Zoo For You Animal Experiences get you behind the scenes and up close to our animals. Perfect for families!
Animal Experiences

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.