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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA) is the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Pacific Northwest. We work for effective conservation of the world’s wildlife, and we envision a world where people and wildlife share the Earth in harmony.


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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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