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Veterans’ Appreciation Days

November 9 - 11, 2024
9:00AM - 3:30PM
U.S. military veterans and active duty members can enjoy the wonder of the Zoo for FREE during Veterans’ Appreciation Days.

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

Our Veterans’ Appreciation Days offer is open to all who are serving or have served honorably in the United States armed services. 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 Days on Nov. 9-11.
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
Zoo Animals Visit Tacoma Students

Fourth and fifth graders at Tacoma’s Arlington Elementary were giddy with excitement as they gathered in their gym. Which animals were they about to encounter? Maybe an armadillo? A skink? The students chatted with their friends about the possibilities as they settled in for the presentation from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium staff biologists. As part of the Wildlife Champions partnership between Point Defiance Zoo and two Tacoma elementary schools, students learn and practice empathy for wildlife while becoming stewards…

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SEA TURTLE IN BRONZE

There’s a new sea turtle at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Like many sea turtles, it swims along the sandy ocean floor in a seagrass bed. But this sea turtle won’t ever grow old or weaken. The life-sized bronze sea turtle sculpture is a lasting tribute to its human donors and all sea turtle species. “We are thrilled to have this beautiful piece of art on display for zoo guests to see and touch,” said Ruthann Howell, the Executive Director…

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Feeding a Zoo & Aquarium

It takes many tons of food to feed the more than 12,000 animals that live at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. For example, zoo staff prepare 133,000 pounds of seafood per year. That’s one of many fascinating facts about feeding an entire zoo and aquarium. Asian Forest Sanctuary Most food consumed in a day:  In the Asian Forest Sanctuary, where guests can see animals like Sumatran tigers, lar gibbons, and siamangs, the Malayan tapirs eat the most. Tapirs Baku and…

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Planning Holiday Gifts
How about an experience they'll never forget - up close with animals? Choose from our behind-the-scenes animal experiences now!