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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
WhenWhereWhat
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

Treat your pet for the holidays!

Inspired to give your own pet an enriching treat these holidays? “Enrichments are a big part of caring for an animal,” explains Sara Mattison, staff biologist at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater and chair of the Enrichment Committee at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. “They give mental and physical stimulation, and encourage natural behaviors that … Continued

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Meerkat Stocking Surprise

’Twas the month before Christmas and inside Kids’ Zone, The meerkats received a surprise of their own; A stocking was hung on the rock wall with care, But the one on the ground was a different affair! The keepers had filled it with fat mealworm treats – (a favorite food for all meerkats to eat) … Continued

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Meet Sven the Arctic Fox

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is now home to a new rescued Arctic fox named Sven. Guests can meet the three-year-old fox in the newly renovated fox habitat in the zoo’s Arctic Tundra area. “We are delighted to provide a home to Sven and know our guests will fall in love with him,” said Malia … Continued

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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.