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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)
*Keep an eye out for additional animal enrichment encounters throughout the day as you stroll the Zoo and Aquarium!
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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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.