IN TOUCH  with the wild

Discover new animals up close at the Zoo at enhanced Close Encounter opportunities. Pick up a Zoo map at the front gate to check the Animal Presentations schedule and see what's happening during your visit!

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Touch Stingrays and Sharks

Feel the velvety skin of a stingray or the sandpaper-like skin of a small shark at Stingray Cove. Learn all about these cartilaginous cousins in the tropical Lagoon exhibit of the South Pacific Aquarium.
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Dive with Sharks

There's no experience quite like an Eye-to-Eye Shark Dive. Descend into a 240,000-gallon warm water shark tank in the South Pacific Aquarium while learning all about sharks. Registration is required.

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Ride a Camel

Enjoy beautiful views of the Point Defiance Park Rose Gardens from the back of a cool camel. Commemorative photos are available to preserve this special memory.
(Camel rides are seasonal. Check the schedule for details.)