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Rocky Shores & Arctic Tundra

At Rocky Shores you can explore a far Northwest world where land and ocean meet; where sea lions dive, seals splash and otters play.

At Arctic Tundra we’ve created a habitat just like the grassy tundra near Point Hope, Alaska – and filled it with massive muskoxen and playful polar bears. Plus, visit our Arctic fox and see how his coat changes throughout the year.


Discover Rocky Shores & Arctic Tundra

Meet The New Polar Bears
Polar bears Astra and Laerke (pronounced LAIR-keh) are inseparable twin sisters. The young polar bears were recently reunited after growing up separately, and are now enjoying their time together at the Zoo.
Polar Bears
Meet our Keepers
Did you know that otters sleep wrapped up in kelp? That seals can waddle on land as well as swim? Our keepers give chats every day.
Daily Presentations
Find it
in the zoo
Follow the arrows past the Pacific Seas Aquarium to find the winding path to Rocky Shores and then continue on to visit the Arctic Tundra.
Plan your day

Meet Our Animals

Polar Bear
California sea lion
Sea otter
Harbor seal
Arctic fox
Otterly playful
Anything will do.
Libby's favorite toy is a rectangular item from a kid's playhouse. Clara loves a ball.
But both of them love the large purple boomer ball - or just snuggling with each other.
Preening with penguins
All in a day's work.
On a sunny day staff biologists sat in the penguin habitat with a penguin gently pecking them.
While animal care staff scratched the penguin's back, the penguin preened them in return, enjoying the company while other penguins were sitting on eggs.

Protecting Marine Animals

Don't mess with our ocean.

THE THREAT: All marine animals and birds are at risk from ocean threats. Plastic trash chokes and starves; oil spills kill; and overfishing and climate change reduce food.

TAKE ACTION: We can all help protect our oceans by reducing our use of plastic. Bring a reusable water bottle to the Zoo. Skip the straw. Pack lunch sustainably. And tell your friends.

Shore Stories

Penguin Nesting Season

It’s that time of year again! Our Magellanic penguins have found their mates and are ready for nesting. In April, keepers observed our penguin pairs snuggling in their nests. It … Continued

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Top Rainy Day Activities At The Zoo

When it’s wet and cold outside, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and meet amazing animals! Warm, Indoor Aquarium The Pacific Seas Aquarium is … Continued

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Walrus Lakina Gets A Protective Tusk Crown

Lakina, our new female walrus, wears custom-made crowns to help protect her two tusks. Lakina did an excellent job holding still long enough for one of her crowns to be … Continued

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More Water-loving Animals
Looking for more water-loving animals? Visit green sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, spotted eagle rays and more in our nearby Pacific Seas Aquarium!