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Get Up close

Keeper chats, animal experiences and more.

There’s always something new to see and do at the Zoo. Get up close to animals, chat with a keeper and more, with scheduled and unscheduled chats and animal encounters! All free with admission or membership.

Most animal habitats are open today. Learn more about temporary exhibit closures.

Daily Schedule

Asian Forest Sanctuary Keeper Chat
11am Daily

It’s a pretty cool job taking care of a tapir or tiger – but someone’s got to do it, right? Come watch our keepers in action as they chat about all our Asian Forest Sanctuary animals.

Asian Forest Sanctuary
Polar Bear Keeper Chat
11:30am Daily

How long can polar bears hold their breath? How do they adapt to their environment outside of the Arctic? Learn all of this (plus more) during the keeper chat!

Arctic Tundra
Animal Encounter
12pm Daily

Meet amazing animals from the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater! Get up close to a tortoise, a serval, a sloth and more. And chat with the keepers who care for them.

Meet Wild Wonders Animals
Marine Mammal Keeper Chat
12:30pm Daily

What do seals like to play with? How loud does a sea lion bark? Our keepers are experts in caring for our marine mammals, and you can find out how they do it. And meet the new walruses!

Rocky Shores
Elephant Keeper Chat
1pm Daily

Mud baths! Yoga! Chewing bamboo! Elephant life is never dull, and our keepers have lots of stories to tell.

Asian elephant
Pacific Seas Aquarium Dive Talk
1:30pm Sun & Mon

Join us for our dive experience! Meet and talk with divers in our beautiful Northwest Waters habitat and learn about the marine life in the waters of Puget Sound.

Northwest Waters
Red Wolf Keeper Chat
2pm Daily

Meet these stunning animals, saved from near-extinction in the wild with the help of our Zoo.

Red Wolf Woods
Goat Encounter
10am - 3pm Daily

We think our goats are adorable! Come meet our goats, pet them and find out for yourself.

Kids’ Zone
Tidal Touch Zone
9:30am - 3:30pm Daily

Feel a soft pink sea star, a spiky purple urchin or a hard crab. The Tidal Touch Zone in the Pacific Seas Aquarium is where low tide meets your imagination.

Tidal Touch Zone
Antique Carousel
9am - 3:30pm Daily

Take a spin on our vintage Paul Titus Carousel and add some sparkle to your Zoo visit. Tickets are $2 per ride ($1.50 for members).

Carousel
Botanical Garden Tours
First Sunday of the Month at 10am

Explore the Zoo with our horticulturalist and discover lush bamboo forests, pollinator gardens and more.

Garden Tours