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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 unscheduled chats daily, so keep a look out!
We have 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 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

Thanksgiving Feast for the Animals

Just as humans get excited for a full plate of food- so do animals. Some of the Zoo’s animals were recently given their own Thanksgiving feast, thanks to the creativity of zookeepers. HeroRATs- mini feast, tiny food The HeroRATs received a festive meal, including pumpkin pie! Staff Biologist Jessie Sutherland and Zoological Aid Natalie Lind … Continued

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Zoolights 2020 kicks off Friday!

Over 700,000 LED lights, new Kraken display, indoor areas closed, buy tickets in advance. The longstanding community tradition of Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium begins this Friday, Nov. 27. The Zoo has transformed into a colorful winter wonderland- with more than 700,000 LED lights now strung across trees, shrubs, pathways and displays. Health … Continued

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Four Continents in One Day

Missing travel? While the coronavirus pandemic has made global vacations more dream than reality, Puget Sound-area folks have an option right on their doorstep: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, where you can surround yourself with plants and animals from around the Pacific Rim. Tigers in lush Asian bamboo, South American rainforest reptiles, Australian amphibians 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.