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Pride Celebration

July 10 - 11, 2021
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Celebrate Pride and our LGBTQIA+ community at the Zoo! Held in partnership with the Rainbow Center and Tacoma Pride.

Celebrating Pride

Rainbow enrichments
Because diversity is a good thing.
Watch animals enjoy unscheduled rainbow-themed enrichments all weekend! In partnership with the Rainbow Center, which expands resources and a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Rainbow Center
Scavenger hunt
Find your Pride!
Walk the Zoo for a Pride-themed heart scavenger hunt and celebrate your unique colors! Held in partnership with Tacoma Pride, which celebrates our LGBTQIA+ community through cultural events.
Tacoma Pride
Pride Parade & Photo Booth
The ultimate Pride selfie.
Dress in your Pride finest and join the Pride Animal Parade! Begins 11am each day at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater. Then snap a selfie at our brand-new photo booth! Free with Zoo admission or membership; online timed tickets required.
Pride at Northwest Trek
Wild rainbow fun.
You can't have too much Pride! Visit our sister zoo Northwest Trek Wildlife Park on the same weekend for even more rainbow-colored fun.
Northwest Trek Pride
Buzz! The Nature Play Garden takes wing

Heavy as velvet, a bumblebee bounces over yellow coneflower petals. Next door a golden honeybee dives headfirst into a red salvia blossom to sip. And across the pathway, a hummingbird zips and chitters. The Nature Play Garden at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium might not be ready for human guests yet, but it’s buzzing – literally – with plenty of other keen visitors. Visitors with wings, that is. “We’ve been adding plants constantly since spring,” says Bryon Jones, Zoo horticulturalist.…

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Celebrating Sea Otters

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is home to three sea otters in the Rocky Shores habitat. Every September, one week is dedicated to bringing awareness to sea otters. Sea otters are endangered, having been hunted nearly to extinction for their thick fur. Now protected, they are still at great risk from oil spill, parasites that reach the ocean via storm drains, and plastic ocean trash. Of the sea otters living at Point Defiance Zoo, two were rescued and all three…

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Zoo Bamboo

It’s one of the fastest-growing plants in the world. It’s used for buildings, dishes, musical instruments. It’s food for animals and people. And there are over 45 types at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. We’re talking bamboo, that leggy, elegant plant known for both lush garden vibes as well as gardener headaches if it gets out of hand. It’s a crucial element of Asian forests, and it’s one of the things that makes the Zoo’s Asian Forest Sanctuary habitat area…

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Pacific Seas Aquarium Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Ever touched a moon jellyfish? Seen baby jellies through a giant microscope? Fed an anemone? The Pacific Seas Aquarium Behind-the-Scenes experience is a fascinating tour through the backstage areas that only aquarists get to see.