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Veterans’ Appreciation Days

November 11 - 13, 2022
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 Days 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 Friday, Nov. 11. But we are honoring veterans with this special discount all weekend! Proof of military service is required.
Want to see more animals? Visit our sister zoo, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, during Veterans' Appreciation Days on Nov. 11-13.
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 at 2pm.
Keeper Chats
Walrus Lakina Gets A Protective Tusk Crown

Lakina, our new female walrus, wears custom-made crowns to help protect her two tusks. Lakina did an excellent job holding still long enough for one of her crowns to be reattached after it came off during her journey from Quebec. Walruses in human care often receive metal crowns to protect their growing tusks – similar … Continued

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New Walruses Arrive

They were born just weeks apart six years ago and have been closely bonded ever since. And now, the two young walruses have moved together from Aquarium du Québec to their new home at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Male walrus Balzak (pronounced bell’-zik) and female walrus Lakina (pronounced la-kee’-na) arrived in Tacoma, Wash. yesterday, … Continued

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Staff Profile: Cameron McIntyre, building Zoolights magic

Sightseeing Zoolights with Cameron McIntyre isn’t your standard experience. For one thing, we’re driving around the annual holiday lights display at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in a maintenance truck during daylight. The Zoo is actually closed to the public for the day (winter hours) and rather than taking selfies in the rainbow tunnel or posing at the butterfly … Continued

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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!