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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 scavenger hunt! Free with Zoo admission or membership; online timed tickets required. In partnership with Tacoma Pride, which celebrates our LGBTQIA+ community through cultural events.
Tacoma Pride
Welcome, Raja!

Welcome, Raja! A new endangered Sumatran tiger will make his public debut this weekend (June 19-20) at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – and although he is named after the Indonesian word for king, the 2-year-old tiger is actually pretty laid-back. “Raja is a laid-back cat who loves to roll around in the grass and closely observe the other animals,” said Asian Animal Curator Telena Welsh. “He has quickly become a favorite among staff and is a wonderful addition to…

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Students Shovel Sand for Polar Bear

Students from Tacoma School District’s Science and Math Institute (SAMI) recently helped shovel a truckload of sand into Blizzard the polar bear’s habitat. “The sand cools off Blizzard in the hot summer weather and is soft on his feet, too,” said Assistant Curator Sheriden. “Blizzard loves having fresh sand every year and we really appreciate the students coming out to help with this important task.” It took many buckets and rakes and a whole lot of teamwork to shovel the…

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No Pennies in Penguin Point, Please

“No pennies in Penguin Point, please!” That’s the message from keepers and veterinary staff at Point Defiance Zoo, after Luna the penguin ingested a penny and became ill. In late May, keepers noticed Luna couldn’t keep her food down. After a call to the Zoo’s veterinarians, x-rays were taken and the results showed two coins, one penny and one dime, in Luna’s stomach. “We were able to retrieve the coins, but Luna’s stomach was still irritated,” said Veterinarian Dr. Kadie…

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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.