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Celebrate for Sea Turtles

October 24, 2019
5:00PM - 9:00PM
Sip for sea turtles. Odd Otter Brewing, 716 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Oct. 24

Support Sea Turtles

Help sea turtles
(and meet zookeepers!)
Come help Point Defiance AAZK raise money for sea turtle conservation! At the event, 10% of all beverage costs will be donated to help sea turtles - and through October, 10% of all sales of a specially-brewed sea turtle beer will also be donated!
Point Defiance AAZK
Point Defiance AAZK
Helping wildlife.
The Point Defiance chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) is a group of PDZA staff and volunteers who fundraise for conservation in their free time. Since 2011 we've raised over $25,000!
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Conservation Stories

Making Clouded Leopard Cubs

It was about as far away visually as you could get from a cute clouded leopard cub. Scientifically, though, it was the first step of the journey. As veterinary and keeper staff from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium watched closely, Dr. Pierre Comizzoli from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) angled a laparoscopic camera inside Orchid the clouded leopard and gazed at her reproductive organs on the screen. Just hours before, Orchid had been given hormone injections, and if her…

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Teens Saving the Ocean

When Gemma Duggins signed up for the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit in 2017, she wasn’t sure what to expect. A seventh-grade homeschooler at the time, she was passionate about protecting the ocean – but had never been in a group of young people who felt the same way. So when she arrived at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium that February morning, it was an epiphany. “I’d never been surrounded by people just as passionate about the environment as I was,”…

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Partnering for Polar Bears

Glue? Tape? Dye? It’s all part of our mission to help protect polar bears in the wild, with a new scientific study that Zoo guests may soon watch in action. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, with its beloved polar bears Boris and Blizzard, has worked for years with the non-profit Polar Bears International (PBI) to tell the story of polar bears in the wild, and the challenges they face from climate change. The Zoo is a PBI Arctic Ambassador Center,…

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