2018 Press Releases
Nov. 20, 2018: Zoolights began in 1988 with a big dream, a spark of ingenuity and several thousand incandescent lights. This year the region’s longest-running lights extravaganza is bigger and brighter than ever.
Nov. 19, 2018: Twenty South Sound restaurants have committed to protecting the ocean and its creatures from plastic pollution, overfishing and the effects of climate change – and the number is growing, thanks to the Ocean Friendly Restaurants campaign.
Nov. 16, 2018: All Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire members and their families and friends get into the longest-running, best-loved holiday lights extravaganza in the Puget Sound region for just $9 each on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Nov. 16, 2018: In honor of their service, all United States armed forces veterans score a great Zoolights discount on tickets, food and items purchased in the gift shop on eight Military Nights during November and December.
Nov. 1, 2018: Tickets are now on sale for the 30th Anniversary Edition of Zoolights, the Puget Sound region’s longest-running and most-loved holiday lights display. Zoolights runs from 5 to 9 p.m. nightly Nov. 23.-Jan. 6 ( except Dec. 24).
Oct. 18, 2018: Quick. What looks like a little brown-and-white watermelon and is utterly adorable? That would be a Malayan tapir calf, and the first one ever at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is expected next summer.
Oct. 17, 2018: U.S. military veterans are invited to enjoy the splendor of Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and the wonder of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium at no charge on Nov. 10, 11 and 12.
Oct. 10, 2018: Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium has gone from around 55,000 lights to a Zoo-wide holiday celebration that will this year top 700,000 energy-efficient LEDs, beginning Nov. 23.
Sept. 7, 2018: Two dozen necks crane up, up, up, eyes riveted on the scene above, as four hammerhead
sharks cruise overhead. The Pacific Seas Aquarium opened to huge crowds, oohs and aahs on Sept. 7 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Aug. 29, 2018: Dozer, the lovable, 3,078-pound walrus with the 17-inch-long tusks and unmistakable whistle, is leaving Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium next month. But visitors still have opportunities to see the massive mammal and bid him adieu before his departure.
Aug. 16, 2018: Polar bears, tigers, elephants and more will chill out with icy treats and other enrichments during the End of Summer Blast at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium over Labor Day Weekend. And zoo visitors can have a blast watching them and enjoying the zoo in these last few days of summer.
June 11, 2018: Imagine feeling immersed in ocean waters while hammerhead sharks and eagle rays
glide overhead. Majestic sea turtles placidly swim with schools of tropical fish. This is Baja Bay, the showpiece of the new Pacific Seas Aquarium at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, opening Friday, Sept. 7.
June 10, 2018: Take two superstar dads. Add in four (yes, four!) adorable Magellanic penguin chicks. Then think about an entire day of family fun, animal-watching and learning more about wildlife. Add in half-price general admission for all fathers, and you have all the ingredients for a day that’s sure to make Dad smile.
May 30, 2018: And then there were four. Two more Magellanic penguin chicks hatched this week at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, bringing the total number of chicks to four.
May 25, 2018: “Pink” and “Red” now have two hungry mouths to feed.
The Magellanic penguin parents, known by the colors of the bands on their wings, welcomed two chicks in their burrow at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium earlier this week.
May 18, 2018: It’s not summer yet, but Baja Beach is already taking shape on the main lawn at Point
Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. At 15-to-17 feet tall and 25-to-30 feet wide, the gigantic 360-degree sand
sculpture is bound to get guests at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in the mood to celebrate the ocean.
April 26, 2018: Have you ever seen a dog fly? How about an aardvark sticking out its impossibly long tongue? Or a majestic Canada lynx parading past? All of this and more will play out daily in the live-animal show “The West is Wild” on the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater stage, opening May 12 and 13.