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Asian Forest Sanctuary

Explore the jungle

Exotic and mysterious. Lush and green. The Asian Forest Sanctuary immerses you in a five-acre, eight-habitat oasis of waterfalls, streams and bamboo forest. Animals rotate around the habitats to explore new sights and smells.

From tigers to tapirs to keeper talks there’s always something magical to discover.

Discover The Forest

Meet the Keepers
(They don't bite.)
Looking after tigers is a lot of work! Every day our keepers take turns talking about how they care for our Asian Forest Sanctuary animals. Making meatballs. Scooping tapir poop. (Oh, yes.) Bring all your questions.
Daily Presentations
Find it
in the zoo.
Take a right at the plaza – left, for stroller ramps – and pass the South Pacific Aquarium and elephant barn to enter the Asian Forest Sanctuary.
Plan your day

Meet Our Animals

Sumatran tiger
Asian elephant
Clouded leopard
Lar gibbon
Malayan tapir
Lowland anoa
Indian crested porcupine
Siamang
Asian small-clawed otter
Bathing an elephant
It's a team effort.
Our keepers care for our elephant daily - that means baths too, with one keeper feeding fruit treats while the other wields the hose.
The elephant's favorite part? Getting a jet of water onto her tongue! It's all part of looking after these beautiful animals.
Tiger dental work
(They need to be asleep.)
Sometimes your tiger might need a root canal. In 2017 Kirana had one done to help her chew better and keep healthy.
The operation took an entire veterinary-keeper team, and lasted hours. Of course, Kirana slept through it all...

Protecting the rainforest

Palm Oil and Poaching.

THE THREAT: In the wild, all our Asian Forest Sanctuary species depend on tropical rainforests to survive. In Southeast Asia, these forests are rapidly being cut down to grow palm oil, found in many food products. Tigers are also hunted by poachers, pushing them near extinction.

TAKE ACTION: Learn about the products you buy, and switch to those made with sustainable palm oil. Urge companies to change. Never buy wildlife products, and support local laws against wildlife trafficking. And consider donating to our Dr. Holly Reed fund, which supports tiger conservation in Sumatra.

Asian forest Stories

YEAR OF THE TIGER

Lunar New Year is on February 1. According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2022 is the Year of the Tiger. If you were born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 … Continued

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ZOO NOW HOME TO PURR-FECT CLOUDED LEOPARD CUB

A four-month-old clouded leopard cub named Rakhan (pronounced Rah-kaan) recently arrived at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The cub joins the zoo on a breeding recommendation through the Species Survival Plan®. … Continued

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Zoo Bamboo

It’s one of the fastest-growing plants in the world. It’s used for buildings, dishes, musical instruments. It’s food for animals and people. And there are over 45 types at Point … Continued

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