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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
A New Mob of Meerkats

Five new meerkats are now living in the Kids’ Zone area at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium! The two females, Keeya and Naledi, and three males, Kayode, Chaka, and Mkhaya, arrived in Tacoma in June. “We are delighted to welcome these meerkats to Tacoma,” said Curator Natalie Davis. “They are such curious, interactive animals, and observing what they get up to each day is very enjoyable.” A group of meerkats is called a “mob” or a “gang.” The new arrivals,…

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Critically Endangered American Red Wolf Pups Receive Exam

Our five critically endangered American Red Wolf pups met the vet team last week for a pup exam at our offsite facility in Eatonville, where the largest Red Wolf population in the world resides. Veterinarian Dr. Kadie evaluated the two-month-old pups’ overall health, checked their heart and lungs, weighed them, and gave them deworming medications and vaccinations. The growing pups weigh five to nine pounds and are really active. The litter, consisting of three males and two females, is vital…

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Sea Lion Pup Born

The sea lion pup will remain behind the scenes for the next few weeks as she learns to swim and continues to bond with mom. She will join the other sea lions and seals in the public viewing pool later this summer.  There’s a new set of flippers at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium! Keepers in the Rocky Shores area of the zoo are celebrating the birth of a female California sea lion pup born on June 6. The…

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