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Mar 25, 2020

This event is now canceled.

Feb 20, 2020

It was about as far away visually as you could get from a cute clouded leopard cub. Scientifically, though, it was the first step of the journey. As veterinary and keeper staff from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium watched closely, Dr. Pierre Comizzoli from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) angled a laparoscopic camera inside … Continued

Feb 08, 2020

Help save the ocean.
Grades 7-12, $10. Feb. 8.

Jan 27, 2020

When Gemma Duggins signed up for the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit in 2017, she wasn’t sure what to expect. A seventh-grade homeschooler at the time, she was passionate about protecting the ocean – but had never been in a group of young people who felt the same way. So when she arrived at Point Defiance … Continued

Jan 19, 2020

Sip and snack for red wolves.
Brewers Row, 3205 N. 26th St. Jan. 19

Dec 18, 2019

Raise a cheer for reindeer.
Peaks & Pints, 3816 N. 26th St. Dec. 18

Dec 03, 2019

Glue? Tape? Dye? It’s all part of our mission to help protect polar bears in the wild, with a new scientific study that Zoo guests may soon watch in action. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, with its beloved polar bears Boris and Blizzard, has worked for years with the non-profit Polar Bears International (PBI) to … Continued

Dec 03, 2019

It’s a long way from Tacoma, Washington to Churchill, Manitoba: about 1,420 miles as the crow flies, at least eight hours by plane. There’s no road. In icy isolation on Canada’s Hudson Bay, it’s a world away from the lush, evergreen Puget Sound region. The thing the two towns have in common? Polar bears – … Continued

Nov 20, 2019

Brews for birds.
Beer Star, 4328 6th Ave, Tacoma. Nov. 20

Oct 26, 2019

Free drop-off outside Zoo entrance.
Toss wildlife products. Oct. 26

Oct 24, 2019

Sip for sea turtles.
Odd Otter Brewing, 716 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Oct. 24

Oct 23, 2019

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

Oct 10, 2019

On a fine day this summer, Stephanie Rager, staff biologist at the Zoo’s Rocky Shores habitat, went for a hike. After three miles and a lot of uphill walking at the remote edge of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, she arrived with two other women at the rocky outcrop of Sand Point. There they set up a … Continued

Sep 18, 2019

Raise a glass to save salmon.
Peaks & Pints, 3816 N. 26th St., Tacoma. Sept. 18

Aug 21, 2019

Raise a glass for painted dogs.
Brewer’s Row, 3205 N. 26th St.. Aug. 21

Aug 14, 2019

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

Aug 03, 2019

Go bowling and help save rhinos.
Narrows Plaza Bowl, 2200 Mildred St. W, University Place. Aug. 3

Jul 17, 2019

Raise a glass for rhinos.
Beer Star, 4328 6th Ave. July 17

Jul 10, 2019

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

Jun 05, 2019

Have a whale of a time.
Parkway Tavern, 313 N. I St. 6-10pm June 5

May 21, 2019

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

May 11, 2019

Raise a glass for the rainforest.
Peaks & Pints, 3816 N. 26th St. 6-9pm May 11

Mar 20, 2019

Have a drink to help otters.
Beer Star, 4328 6th Ave. March 20

Feb 14, 2019

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

Nov 30, 2018

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

Oct 29, 2018

Raise a glass to help bats.
Peaks & Pints, 3816 N. 26th St., Tacoma.

Oct 25, 2018

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

Sep 12, 2018

Raise a glass to help anteaters.
Parkway Tavern, 313 N. I St., Tacoma.

Aug 04, 2018

Graceful, sleek, shy. We love clouded leopards.
Free with admission. Aug. 4.

Jul 25, 2018

Raise a glass to help hawks in the wild.
Brewer’s Row, 3205 N. 26th St., Tacoma. July 25.