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Veterans’ Appreciation Day

November 11, 2023
9:00AM - 3:30PM
U.S. military veterans can enjoy the wonder of the Zoo for FREE during Veterans’ Appreciation Days on Nov. 11-13.

Veterans’ immediate family members receive half-off general admission. Offer valid at Zoo admission window. Offer is not valid on online purchases.

Veterans’ Appreciation Day offer is open to all who are serving or have served honorably in the United States armed services. The Veterans Day observed holiday this year is Saturday, Nov. 11. Proof of military service is required.
Want to see more animals on the same day? Visit our sister zoo, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, during Veterans' Appreciation Day on Nov. 11.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
Our American red wolves aren’t just beautiful – they’re part of an award-winning program that has saved this iconic species from extinction. Meet the animals during a keeper chat.
Keeper Chats
Animals have allergies, too!

Written by Veterinarian Dr. Kadie Anderson Nutmeg, our 16-year-old female beaver and mother to Butternut, recently visited the Zoo vet for her annual physical exam. During the exam, Associate Veterinarian Dr. Kadie Anderson noticed hair loss on Nutmeg’s underside and suspected allergies. Animals with allergies can show signs of hair loss because they are itchy … Continued

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Clouded Leopard Orchid Gets A Checkup

Clouded leopard Orchid recently received her routine wellness exam, which included x-rays, an ultrasound, dental cleaning, vaccination boosters and blood and urine collection for testing. Orchid lives with her brother, Banyan, at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater, where the two cats serve as animal ambassadors. After Orchid is anesthetized and transported … Continued

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Meet the new Sumatran tiger, Sanjiv!

There’s a new tiger in town! An 11-year-old male Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv (pronounced sun-jeev) recently made his debut at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.  The 286-pound male tiger arrived in December from Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center on a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan® for Sumatran tigers. … Continued

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