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Kids' Zone

Animal Exploration

Lemurs swing. Wallabies hop and fish wiggle. At Kids’ Zone you’ll find all our small animals, plus a playground where the humans get to play like the animals nearby. Bring your little ones to get up close to ours – and don’t forget to meet the goats!

Discover Kids' Zone

Goats, goats, goats
Meet our Goats!
The goats love attention! Come meet our goats and pet them daily. And our keepers give unscheduled Close Encounters daily - you never know who you'll meet.
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!
Find it
in the zoo
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.
Plan Your Day

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

Meet Clara the Sea Otter

CLARA THE SEA OTTER MAKES DEBUT She’s calm and patient – and loves participating in training and enrichment sessions with her keepers. Clara, the newest southern sea otter, made her … Continued

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Meet Keeper Suzanne 

This Zookeeper Week, we shadowed Suzanne, a zookeeper at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Suzanne works with the animals at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater. We asked her about her … Continued

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Meet Keeper Margaret

This Zookeeper Week, we shadowed Margaret, a zookeeper at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Margaret helps care for Suki the elephant, our two muskoxen Hudson and Charlotte, and three of … Continued

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Behind-the-scenes of the aquarium
Ever touched a moon jellyfish? Seen baby jellies through a giant microscope? Fed an anemone? The Pacific Seas Aquarium Behind-the-Scenes experience is a fascinating tour through the backstage areas that only aquarists get to see.