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Pride Celebration

June 25 - 26, 2022
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Celebrate Pride and our LGBTQ+ community at the Zoo! June 25 and June 26.

Celebrating Pride

Rainbow enrichments
Because diversity is a good thing.
Watch animals enjoy rainbow-themed enrichments all weekend. Some enrichments are scheduled (see the schedule below) and some are not, keep an eye out for Pride enrichment experiences throughout the day all weekend long! Many animal areas will be decorated in festive Pride decorations, come and see the Zoo filled with amazing color.
Scavenger hunt
Find your Pride!
Walk the Zoo and take part in a Pride-themed heart scavenger hunt all weekend. On Saturday, the Oasis Youth Center will host an interactive scavenger hunt, grab a scavenger hunt “passport” to take around the Zoo with the goal of getting a stamp at each heart location. Turn your completed passports in at the Oasis Youth Center table in the plaza to be entered into a drawing!
Join The Pride Parade!
Dress in your Pride finest and join the Pride Parade! Led by animals from Wild Wonders and Kids’ Zone (accompanied by their care team), the Pride Parade will leave from the Wild Wonders stage beginning at 1:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Make Your own pride Flag
and get the ultimate pride selfie.
Create your very own Pride flag and be sure to snap a selfie at our brand-new Pride photo booth that you will find at the plaza. All free with Zoo admission or membership.
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
Pride in Our Community
The series of events that make up the Tacoma Pride Festival will take place through the month of July. Join an event and honor the community members and organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community.
Pride Events Near You

Pride Enrichment Schedule

Lemurs (Kids' Zone)
Seals & Sea Lions (Rocky Shores)
Sea Otters (Rocky Shores)
Meerkats (Kids' Zone)
Elephant (Asian Forest Sanctuary)
*Keep an eye out for additional animal enrichment encounters throughout the day as you stroll the Zoo and Aquarium!
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