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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
Celebrating Liam: shark dive record-holder

“I love Tippy and Tippy loves me.” Meet Liam Parnell. He’s a sweet boy who really, really loves sharks, especially the blacktip reef shark at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium that he’s nicknamed Tippy. He even sends Valentine’s Day cards to Tippy every year. “I met Tippy when I was 2 and now I’m 12,” says Liam. Liam and his mom, Bev Parnell, have been visiting the Zoo for over a decade. Liam’s love affair with sharks began when he…

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Celebrating 21K+ Eye-to-Eye Shark Dives

More than 21,500 people have come eye-to-eye with the sharks at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in an underwater cage to see nurse, sandbar, blacktip reef, sand tiger and zebra sharks cruise by. Divers from 8 to 90-years-old have learned about what it takes to help sharks in the wild. We asked two of the Zoo’s dive instructors, Heidi and Jessie, about some of their favorite memories with the Eye-to-Eye Dive Program since it first opened in 2013. Heidi began…

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Thank you, vet techs!

It’s National Veterinary Technician Week Oct. 17-23, and we’re celebrating our wonderful veterinary technicians with a virtual thank-you card. Keepers, curators and veterinarians all weighed in to thank our superhero vet techs Julie Lemon and Sara Dunleavy for all they do to care for animals and help staff: prepping for procedures, monitoring animal vitals and taking samples, working with keepers to help animals take part in their own health care, giving treatments, endless administrative support and generally being awesome. “Our…

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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.