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Party for Polar Bears

February 29, 2024
5:00PM - 9:00PM
Eat, drink and shop to help wild polar bears!

Proctor Polar Bear Crawl
N. 26th and N. Proctor Street in Tacoma
5pm-9pm (select businesses 2pm-6pm)

Presented by the Point Defiance Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers

Polar Bear Party

Celebrate & Support
wild polar bears
It's the ultimate party in Tacoma for International Polar Bear Day! Visit the Proctor District in Tacoma to help wild polar bears. Participating businesses include Peaks and Pints, Compass Rose, Ice Cream Social, Pacific Northwest Shop, and more. A portion of event proceeds will support polar bear conservation.
Participate in the Online Auction
Start bidding Feb. 25
The Party for Polar Bears Online Auction has something for everyone! Bid on your favorite items from February 25 to March 3.
Make A Difference
Helping Wild Polar Bears
As the effects of climate change rapidly melt sea ice, polar bears in the wild need our help. Party for Polar Bears is back -- now in its 9th year -- to raise funds to protect polar bears in the wild.

American Association of Zoo Keepers


Arctic Stories


Polar bear twins Astra and Laerke, both 3-years-old, received wellness exams in March (on different days). The exams were the first time the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium veterinarians and keepers could examine the sisters under anesthesia since they first arrived in June 2023. The bears were anesthetized in their behind-the-scenes bedrooms and then carefully moved to the zoo’s animal hospital, where the healthcare team could perform thorough physical exams. While the bears were under anesthesia, their vitals were monitored…

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Feeding a Zoo & Aquarium

It takes many tons of food to feed the more than 12,000 animals that live at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. For example, zoo staff prepare 133,000 pounds of seafood per year. That’s one of many fascinating facts about feeding an entire zoo and aquarium. Asian Forest Sanctuary Most food consumed in a day:  In the Asian Forest Sanctuary, where guests can see animals like Sumatran tigers, lar gibbons, and siamangs, the Malayan tapirs eat the most. Tapirs Baku and…

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Zoo Love

Love is in the air at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium! There’s no concrete way to measure an animal’s love, but many animals at the zoo are coupled up or longtime companions and enjoy each other’s company. Polar Bears Galentine’s Day, a celebration of female friendship, is unofficially celebrated on Feb. 13, and it’s perfect for polar bear twin sisters Astra and Laerke! Keepers say the three-year-old sisters enjoy spending time together and are often seen wrestling each other, and at other…

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Track Wild Polar Bears
We help our conservation partner Polar Bears International track polar bears in the wild. Follow along in real time with the PBI Polar Bear Tracker map to see where the bears are! It's crucial information for science and conservation.