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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA) is the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Pacific Northwest. We are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the gold standard for animal care and well-being.


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Zoo Capital Projects
Building for the future.

From a state-of-the-art aquarium to a renovated Rocky Shores, we’re building a better zoo for future generations. Get all the updates here.

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SAMi Partnership
Pretty wild learning.

It’s pretty cool when a zoo and a high school share a campus. That’s the PDZA-SAMi partnership, where Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium shares buildings, grounds and learning with Tacoma’s Science and Math Institute, a public STEM high school.

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