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puffins and pumpkinsZoo Boo returns live with treats, costumes and animals

Sept. 8: Happy Howl-o-ween! Dress up like a cat (meow-lo-ween!), monkey, elephant or whatever your favorite animal is and then see that same real-life animal at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium during Zoo Boo weekend, Oct. 16-17.

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giant pacific octopus

And her name is – Gertie!

Aug. 24: After a week of public voting, fans chose Gertie as the name for the new giant Pacific octopus in the Pacific Seas Aquarium at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

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octopusName our New Octopus!

Aug. 16: Point Defiance Zoo is inviting the community to help name the new female giant Pacific octopus inside the Pacific Seas Aquarium, voting from a slate of six names chosen by aquarists.

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tapir in poolAnimals Cool Off in the Recent Heatwave

Aug. 13: Animals at Northwest Trek and sister zoo Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium found ways to cool off in the heat, thanks to tubs of ice and spray hoses offered by thoughtful keepers.

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Tiger roaring for World Tiger Day
Time to roar at World Tiger Weekend

July 29, 2021: Celebrate and meet our five tigers and learn how to protect their species in the wild with enrichments, keeper chats and fun hands-on activities, all weekend July 31 – Aug. 1.

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sand tiger shark
Celebrate Sharks & Rays!

July 2, 2021: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is closing out Shark Week 2021 with its annual Shark & Rays event July 17-18, full of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

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bjorn the sea lion in water
Rescued sea lion Björn finds a home at the Zoo

July 1, 2021: A gentle sea lion, rescued after being blinded by bullets, will make his public debut July 3-4 at the Rocky Shores habitat.

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girl carousel red dress
It’s time to celebrate fully reopening!

June 29, 2021: From goat feeding to anemone touching, a fully-reopened summer of fun begins July 1 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

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raja tiger tongue out
Welcome, Raja! New Sumatran tiger debuts

June 17, 2021: Endangered Sumatran tiger Raja makes his public debut this weekend in the Asian Forest Sanctuary.

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girls in masks pointing at sharkWorld Ocean Weekend

May 27, 2021: World Ocean Weekend returns June 5 & June 6. Dive in to experience the magic of ocean life.

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Terra the Tamandua Gives Birth

April 29, 2021: Terra the Southern tamandua gave birth to a healthy female pup on Friday, April 23 behind the scenes at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater area.

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Indah the tigerEndangered Sumatran Tiger Back Home

April 1, 2021: Indah is one of the tiger triplets born at Point Defiance Zoo in 2014. In 2016, Indah left as part of a recommendation by the Species Survival Plan®. Now, she’s back home in Tacoma.

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Chester undergoes procedure at OSU
Chester undergoes procedure at OSU
Endangered Red Wolf Receives Novel Operation

March 17, 2021: Chester was born with a congenital defect in his liver known as a shunt. To fix it, doctors needed to block the errant vessel and keep the blood running through his liver’s filtration system.

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City Nature Challenge

March 16, 2021: From April 30-May 3, the annual global event asks ordinary folks to become nature scientists for an hour, a day, however long they have. And there’s no experience necessary.

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Two Aquariums Reopen Friday, March 5

March 2, 2021: It’s time for sharks! And green sea turtles, eagle rays and jellies too. The Pacific Seas Aquarium and South Pacific Aquarium are reopening March 5 with protocols to keep guests safe and healthy.

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love at zoo sealLove at the Zoo Returns

Jan. 20, 2021: Love at the Zoo, the hugely popular Valentine’s Day event, returns for the long Presidents’ Day weekend with animal enrichments, Shoutouts, cards and more.

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lar gibbon swingingLar Gibbon Brothers Arrive

Jan. 11, 2021: Two new lar gibbon brothers, Orion and Aries, have arrived at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium with singing and swinging in the Asian Forest Sanctuary.

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