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Kids' Zone

Play Wild

Swing like a lemur. Climb like a meerkat. Spread out in a web or hop like a wallaby. At Kids’ Zone you’ll find a playground where the humans get to play like the animals just nearby. Bring your littl’uns to get up close to ours – and don’t forget to feed the goats!

Discover Kids' Zone

Jump, hop, climb, slide
Let your imagination go wild.
Can you hop like a wallaby? Crawl like a corn snake? Climb like a lemur? Our Kids' Zone playgrounds are built for fun, as kids explore how animals move and get their wiggles out at the same time!
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Goats, goats, goats!
(We're not kidding.)
We love our goats! Friendly, curious and always hungry, they'll come right up to nibble pellets out of your hand.
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Find it
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Turn left at the central plaza and walk past our desert garden to discover the three areas of Kids’ Zone: Animal Avenue, Magical Movement and Contact Junction, each with their own animal residents.
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Meet Our Animals

Nigerian dwarf goat
Meerkats
Lemurs
Snakes & Lizards
Frogs
Tortoise & turtle
Fish
Insects & Arachnids
Parma wallaby

Protecting Small Wildlife

Care for the Earth.

THE THREAT: All wildlife is at risk if humans don’t act more sustainably. Plastic trash, water wasting, climate change and chemical pollution are all things that endanger animals.

TAKE ACTION: The good news is that there’s lots we can all do to be sustainable! Here at the Zoo we reduce, reuse and recycle. We compost, save water and power. What can you do?

Critter Stories

5 Animals that Beat the Cold

We’re all feeling the cold right about now in the Pacific Northwest – and the rest of the country too. But here at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, our animals have some pretty cool ways to deal with it. From fur coats to heated hammocks, here are five ways our animals beat the winter cold. … Continued

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Dear Santa: An Animal Wish List

What would you ask Santa for these holidays if you were a walrus? Or a tiger? Of course we can’t know what our animals are thinking, but we can definitely make some fun guesses based on what they enjoy doing or eating! Here’s a Zoo wish-list for Santa from some of our animals. Let’s hope … Continued

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Chiquita explores the aquarium

If the sharks and fish noticed an unusual animal in the South Pacific Aquarium, they didn’t let on. In the steamy aquarium, on a December Tuesday when Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium was closed, two tamanduas were wandering past the Outer Reef, along the lagoon and over to stingray beach. It was Terra and her … Continued

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Join the Critter Club
Love our kid-friendly animals? Then you’ll love Critter Club, where preschoolers and their caregivers can read a story, do an animal craft and meet a special animal friend.