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Capital Projects

Thank you, Tacoma voters

In 2014, a Neighborhood Parks & Zoo Improvements and Safety Upgrades Bond passed with 64.5% of the votes. That means Tacoma citizens will see their their parks grow and improve as projects continue to develop through 2024 through the $198 million public investment. And this includes the Zoo!

Zoo Projects

Pacific Seas Aquarium
An aquarium for our oceans.
The Zoo’s 55-year-old North Pacific Aquarium was failing, weakened by decades of salt-water corrosion. The new Pacific Seas Aquarium highlights Puget Sound marine life while also showcasing exciting new species, and inspiring conservation.
Pacific Seas Aquarium
Rocky Shores
Renovated, expanded.
Recent renovations to Rocky Shores – home to walruses, sea otters, seals, and puffins – improved health and safety features for animals and keepers. The project included a new sea lion exhibit, upgrades to animal life-support systems, and expanded views.
Rocky Shores
Polar Bears
A newer home.
In the near future, the polar bear exhibit will be renovated to meet rising animal care standards. A design study is in process.
Arctic Tundra

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