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Red Wolf Woods

Back from the brink

Hidden in dappled shade, two bright eyes are looking at you. You stare back. Then their owner ducks and turns, loping easily over fallen logs to settle into the sunshine. Our red wolves aren’t just beautiful – they’re part of an award-winning program that has saved this iconic species from extinction.

Discover the Woods

Meet our keepers.
(Part of the pack.)
Come find out what it's like to care for these beautiful animals, and how our Zoo helped save them from extinction. Our keepers give chats every day.
Daily Presentations
We love pups!
Adorable, and vital to the species.
Our pups, born May 2019, are now as big as their parents! The 3 males have now been moved to help grow the population at our breeding facility at sister zoo Northwest Trek - look out for the 5 females and mom Charlotte.
Red Wolf Pups
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in the zoo
Inside the covered viewing area you can get a close look at a real wolf skull, pelt and tracking radio collar.
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Protecting Red Wolves

Saving a native species.

THE THREAT: By the 1970s, very few red wolves existed on the planet, due to ceaseless hunting. By the 1980s, PDZA, in cooperation with USFWS, established a zoo-based breeding program using 14 wolves from the wild to restore the population.

TAKE ACTION: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium joined with other zoos and agencies to save the red wolf, breeding and reintroducing them in the wild. There are now less than 20 wolves in the wild, and about 250 at zoos in the Species Survival Plan. They still need our protection if they are to survive.

Animal Stories

And her name is…Gertie!

After a week of public voting, fans chose Gertie as the name for the new giant Pacific octopus in the Pacific Seas Aquarium at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The name was one of six names chosen by aquarists. Over 7,100 votes came in online during the week, and the race was close. Gertie topped … Continued

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Animals Cool Off in the Heatwave

As a powerful heat wave hits the greater Tacoma area with temperatures nearing 100-degrees, keepers at both Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Wash. and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville, Wash. are finding ways to keep the animals cool. At Point Defiance Zoo, 2-month-old penguin chick Rio is just learning how to swim … Continued

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Bad luck for wildlife: 7 Animal Superstitions

Whenever Friday the 13th rolls around, even the least superstitious of us might look askance at a black cat or shiver at an owl hoot. But animal superstitions, although fun, can cause pretty bad luck for the wildlife who cross their paths. After all, we live in a world where 350,000 tourists can visit Scotland … Continued

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Come meet the cousins
At our sister zoo Northwest Trek you can meet the red wolf's cousin: the gray wolf. Watch the Trek pack in their forested habitat.