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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. Meet our wolves and keepers at Keeper Chats, 2pm daily.
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We have pups!
Adorable, and vital to the species.
We have pups! Mom Charlotte gave birth to a litter of eight on May 10. They're now outside and exploring - come visit and try to spot them in the long grass.
Red Wolf Pups
Find it
in the zoo
Head downhill from the central plaza and take a left before the Pacific Seas Aquarium. 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, only 14 pure red wolves existed on the planet, due to ceaseless hunting. By the 1980s, those wolves were brought from the wild to a zoo-based breeding program 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 about 40 wolves in the wild, and about 261 at zoos in the Species Survival Plan. They still need our protection if they are to survive.

Animal Stories

Tapir calf’s first exam

He’s healthy, weighs around 25 pounds and follows Mom everywhere. The Malayan tapir calf born July 12 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium has just received his first wellness exam, and he appears to be in perfect health, says Dr. Karen Wolf, head veterinarian. “He is bright, exploring his environment and is in good body … Continued

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Our tapir calf is born!

It’s a boy! An endangered Malayan tapir calf was born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Friday night, July 12. He is the first tapir calf born at the zoo in its 114-year history. The calf, looking for all the world like a brown striped-and-spotted watermelon instead of a newborn animal, arrived at 11:47 pm. … Continued

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Dyed-hair polar bear

It’s Thursday, and Blizzard is waiting to get his hair dyed. Standing in the training area behind Arctic Tundra at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, the massive polar bear looks expectantly up at staff biologist Cindy Roberts. One of the bear’s keepers, she’s holding a big bucket that smells appetizingly of raw meat, fish and … 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 or crawl into the Baker Cabin tunnel for a wolf's-eye view.