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Love at the Zoo - NEW DATE

February 20 - 21, 2021
9:00AM - 4:00PM
New date - Feb. 20-21! Animals. Enrichments. Feel the love.

Animal Love

NEW DATE - Feb. 20-21
Feel the love
NOTE: This event is rescheduled due to heavy snow. Watch animals get enrichments, make Valentines and do a heart scavenger hunt!
Hearts Galore
Do the We Heart Hunt
Who loves animals? Walk the Zoo to spot 12 big heart cut-outs, each with a QR code unlocking a secret web page full of cute animal pics, videos and fun facts!
Zoo-themed Valentines
Print or ecards.
Want to say "I Love You" in a furry special way? Send a Valentine with a Zoo animal design and cute pun! Download and print, or send an ecard.
Animal Valentines

Animal Stories

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Animal Lovers

Go beyond the typical Mother’s Day gifts and give mom a memorable experience she can enjoy with the whole family this year. Swim with sharks, get up close to a moose or touch a jellyfish! She won’t soon forget these amazing experiences at Point Defiance Zoo and our sister zoo, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park! Swim with Sharks Experience the thrill of getting up close to more than a dozen massive sharks underwater while learning about their biology and how we…

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Penguin Nesting Season

It’s penguin nesting season at the Zoo! As of late April, keepers had observed four eggs laid. The eggs are from two penguin pairs, with two eggs each. Each year, keepers prepare Penguin Point for nesting season, adding long grasses for the Magellanic penguins to build their nests. Both parents take turns laying on the eggs to keep them warm, and switch off every few days. Each penguin parent has a bare patch on their lower abdomen that allows their…

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Tamandua Pup Born

May 13 pup-date: The 3-week-old tamandua pup appears to be recovering from her respiratory illness and continues to receive treatment from our veterinary and animal care teams. The pup continues to nurse from her mom Terra and receives additional supplemental feedings to ensure she continues to grow and gain weight. Terra is a wonderful mother and continues to bond with her adorable pup behind-the-scenes. Original story: Terra the Southern tamandua gave birth to a healthy female pup on Friday, April…

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The perfect Valentine
Looking for the perfect Valentine? How about diving with sharks? Nothing like total immersion to bring you closer together. Book your Eye-to-Eye Shark Dive today.