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Explore the Shore

July 17, 2019
11:15AM - 12:45PM
Discover the world of low tide. Owen Beach, Point Defiance Park. Free.

Underwater, revealed

Discover, uncover
the world of low tide
Discover a world that's uncovered and covered with each tide. Walk Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park with our naturalists, who'll help you spot and identify tidal animals like crabs, shellfish, anemones and more.
It's your beach.
Explore it.
Ages 5 and up. Free. Meet on the beach near the parking lot and register at the event tent. Beach walks last 1.5 hours, though you may stay longer if you like.
Perfect teeth, tiny veins

Turns out, when you give physicals to giant pouched rats, some things are easy – like examining their long curved front teeth. Getting a blood sample from those tiny veins? Not so easy. But it’s a vital part of assessing health. “I’ll try the jugular first,” says head veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf, gently parting soft white fur on Mona Lisa, first in the rat exam line-up. Ambassador Hero Rats Celine, Chiku and Mona Lisa are three African giant pouched rats…

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Hero Rats are Here!

They’re fuzzy. They’re cute. They’re smart. Three HeroRATS have arrived at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – the first zoo in North America – and they’re ready to show us how their species save lives. Celine, Chiku and Mona Lisa are rats, yes – but they’re about as far from domestic rats as Superman is from Clark Kent. African giant pouched rats, they hail from Tanzania. They’re a completely different species from domestic rats – much larger (these three are…

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Tapir calf’s first exam

He’s healthy, weighs around 25 pounds and follows Mom everywhere. The Malayan tapir calf born July 12 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium has just received his first wellness exam, and he appears to be in perfect health, says Dr. Karen Wolf, head veterinarian. “He is bright, exploring his environment and is in good body condition,” said Wolf, who examined the calf with a team of keepers and a veterinary technician in his bedroom behind the scenes in the Asian…

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A Plastic-Free Ocean
Explore the shore, and you may find more than just marine creatures. Our oceans are filling up with plastic - and it's up to us to stop the tide.