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Love at the Zoo

February 12 - 13, 2022
9:00AM - 3:30PM
Animals. Enrichments. Feel the love. In compliance with the state public events mandate, masks are required outdoors and indoors for all guests ages 5+, regardless of vaccination status.

Animal Love

Feb. 12-13
Feel the love
Watch animals get enrichments like heart shaped ice treats, bamboo hearts, vegetable spaghetti or whipped cream (schedule below), and do a heart scavenger hunt and make a Valentine for the animals.
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. Or, make one in our plaza during Love at the Zoo!
Animal Valentines

Valentine Treats

Love at the Zoo Keeper Chats & Animal Enrichments
10:30amRed Wolf WoodsHear why it's important for red wolves to breed
11amAsian Forest SanctuaryVegetable spaghetti and Valentines for the primates
11:30amArctic TundraPolar bear Blizzard enjoys Valentines during a Keeper Chat
12pmWild Wonders Outdoor TheaterMeet some of our "baby" animals with their parents: beaver Butternut, tamandua Liana, and armadillo Segway
12:30pmRocky ShoresLearn about animals at the Rocky Shores habitat
1pmElephant BarnWatch Suki enjoy bamboo hearts, banana leaves and watermelon
1:30pmAsian Forest SanctuaryTigers will get heart-shaped ice treats with whipped cream
Other Valentine's and heart-shaped enrichments will happen at unscheduled times throughout the weekend.

Animal Stories

2021 Year in Photos

What a year this has been! Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium provided a home and second chance to a rescued sea lion named Björn, celebrated the births of a Southern three-banded armadillo pup and a Southern tamandua pup, among so many other moments. Thanks for being here on this journey with us. Enjoy our best photos of 2021, taken by staff photographer Katie Cotterill.The penguins celebrated Pride weekend with a disco ball! Twiggy, a red-legged seriema, on stage during a…

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Blizzard the polar bear celebrated his birthday at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium with all his favorite things: cake, a tree, a big barrel and more than 2,000 pounds of ice. At 26, Blizzard is a senior bear and each birthday is a special one. The median life expectancy for polar bears is about 23 years. “We love celebrating Blizzard,” said Malia Somerville, the zoo’s marine mammal curator. “We give Blizzard exceptional care and attention year-round, but on his birthday,…

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First healthy armadillo pup born at zoo

UPDATE: 12/7/2021: The pup has a name! Keepers named the pup “Segway.” Read more here. Southern three-banded armadillos Vespa and Scooter welcomed a female pup into the world in late October, making them both first-time parents. The pup is the first healthy armadillo pup born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in its 116-year history. “She is healthy and the perfect little replica of her parents,” said the zoo’s head veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf. “We’re thrilled to welcome this pup…

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The perfect Valentine
Looking for the perfect Valentine? Come get a "hug" from a sea urchin! Take this behind-the-scenes tour of the Pacific Seas Aquarium.