Free drop-off outside Zoo entrance.
Toss wildlife products. Oct. 26
Sip for sea turtles.
Odd Otter Brewing, 716 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Oct. 24
Raise a glass to save salmon.
Peaks & Pints, 3816 N. 26th St., Tacoma. Sept. 18
Raise a glass for painted dogs.
Brewer’s Row, 3205 N. 26th St.. Aug. 21
If the tiger is the king of the jungle, then the anoa would be the gardener. They’re not iconic like an elephant, or acrobatic like a siamang. They don’t star in Pixar movies or cartoons. Even in the jungle, they can be impossible to find. But this tiniest species of buffalo just 30 inches tall … Continued
Go bowling and help save rhinos.
Narrows Plaza Bowl, 2200 Mildred St. W, University Place. Aug. 3
It’s quite a progression from being afraid of a bug to making a home for it, painting a watercolor of it and documenting it on a science app. But that’s what Arlington Elementary Wildlife Champions are doing this summer in a nature science camp that takes the year-long classroom-to-park program into a new level of … Continued
Have a whale of a time.
Parkway Tavern, 313 N. I St. 6-10pm June 5
It was a sunny Saturday in Tacoma – perfect for the beach. But as Zach Hawn and Kailee Bynum picked their way across Owen Beach with five Zoo volunteers, they weren’t just there for the weather. They were there to count and clean up trash, joining dozens of walkers, kayakers and even divers in the … Continued
Raise a glass for the rainforest.
Peaks & Pints, 3816 N. 26th St. 6-9pm May 11
Local heroes, local issues. Get inspired.
Phillip Hall, UWT, 1918 Pacific Ave. Free. Apr. 30
Community art to save the ocean.
Free with admission. April 26-28
Have a drink to help otters.
Beer Star, 4328 6th Ave. March 20
At Arlington Elementary in South Tacoma, 25 kids are wiggling into blue rain jackets. As a teacher corrals them into line, they hop around excitedly, chatting to the four Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium staff helping them. “Are we going to the park?” “Are we doing science again?” When the Zoo staff smile and nod, … Continued
For many years now, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium has been saving energy every night of Zoolights with LED bulbs – in fact, we’ve been totally LED since 2014. But now the Zoo will be making energy during the day as well, thanks to 71 brand-new solar panels on the roof of a building most … Continued
Meet our polar bears, and learn how to save them in the wild.
Free with admission. Nov. 3-4.
Calling all teens to save the ocean! Our ocean is in danger – from plastic, pollution, overfishing and climate change. But thanks to a partnership between Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Seattle Aquarium, local youth can learn and be inspired to help protect it. The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit is a one-day event from … Continued
Just outside the remote town of Churchill, Manitoba, a male polar bear ambles northwards. Full-grown, he’s spent the summer on land, eating nothing – his main food is seal, found on the ice of nearby western Hudson Bay. And now, as fall turns to chilly Canadian winter, that sea ice is re-forming – and our … Continued
Raise a glass to help anteaters.
Parkway Tavern, 313 N. I St., Tacoma.
Graceful, sleek, shy. We love clouded leopards.
Free with admission. Aug. 4.
Raise a glass to help hawks in the wild.
Brewer’s Row, 3205 N. 26th St., Tacoma. July 25.
This is an archive of a trip by staff biologist Telena Welsh, who visited Java, Indonesia to work with other conservation experts to learn how we can prevent the extinction of the lowland anoa. Telena’s’s trip was made possible through The Zoo Society’s Dr. Holly Reed Wildlife Conservation Fund. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is … Continued
Follow education curator Karen Povey and head veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf as they visit the rainforests of Borneo to work with other conservation experts to learn how we can preserve habitats for clouded leopards and other species. Tuesday July 28, 2015 We’re off to the rainforest! Dr. Karen Wolf, PDZA’s Head Veterinarian (pictured at … Continued
NOTE: This is an archive of a trip by staff biologist Cindy Roberts, who visited Churchill, Manitoba to work with other conservation experts to learn about habitat preservation for polar bears. Check back soon for a continuation of this story! Cindy Roberts’ trip was made possible with support from Polar Bears International and The Zoo … Continued
Amazing. That’s the word used to describe the outcome of the 2018 Point Defiance Park BioBlitz, a 24-hour survey of living things observed in the 760-acre park. By sheer numbers, the BioBlitz more than met its purpose of forging connections between people and their natural surroundings, said Metro Parks Tacoma’s Craig Standridge. In his role … Continued