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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Today 9:30 am – 4:00 pm


E.T. the Walrus wishes you a happy Wild Wednesday! In preparation for breeding season E.T. can gain up to 1,000 pounds in less than three months and eat up to 140 pounds of fish and clams in one day! Male walruses, weighing up to 5,000 pounds, are strong and graceful swimmers - swimming in short bursts up to 20 mph ( #beastmode in animal form). Plus, he's an international star. Check out E.T.’s amazing vocal sounds in this viral video:  #WildWed  
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Looking to volunteer at the Zoo this summer and are between the ages of 14 and 18? We are now accepting applications for Zoo Guides. As a Zoo Guide you will increase and share your knowledge of animals, conservation and the environment while gaining valuable volunteer experience in a zoo and aquarium setting. Applications can be downloaded from our website at and must be postmarked by Jan. 27.
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5400 N Pearl St Tacoma, WA 98407
5400 North Pearl StreetUSWashingtonTacoma98407
Zoo, Aquarium
Today 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am – 4:00 pmTuesday 9:30 am – 4:00 pmWednesday 9:30 am – 4:00 pmThursday 9:30 am – 4:00 pmFriday 9:30 am – 4:00 pmSaturday 9:30 am – 4:00 pmSunday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Treat your family to a special day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Where else can you see seahorses and sharks, peacocks and penguins, wolves and walrus, all in one place?

The 29-acre Zoo is large enough to offer an awesome array of animals yet small enough to let you get really close to them. Our keepers often roam the grounds, taking animals on strolls so you can see them up close. Who knows? You might run into an aardvark on your way to see the polar bears!

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Zoo & aquarium with nearly 300 species, including tigers, meerkats & a landmark red wolf habitat.- Google
"The zoo and aquarium have a nice selection of animals and marine life."
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"I agree with it is well taken care of but not worth the money."
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Christina Marohl
3 weeks ago
first IGNORE THE REVIEW claiming this place is unsafe. The crime listed can happen at any place with a huge parking lot with cars out of view, i never experienced any dangers here or had friends even experience them. THIS ZOO IS COOL! However~~~ I wish they actually had more types of preditory animals, however in the several several years I've been here I have seen exhibits that they should never have given up. They are usually packed too & a wee pricey. It's worth it though. However THEY NEED TO MAKE THE SNOW FOX EXHIBIT ACTUALLY SET UP TO FIND THE FOX. I have seen one there ONCE in my whole life and been going that long too.. 30 yrs and seen a snow fox in there one time.. come on ._. Not everyone has the ability to come damn near daily. Make the change!
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David McMillan
3 weeks ago
I love it there always have born and raised in Tacoma. But sadly I live in the midwest I will come home soon and the first place will be there
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Travis Richards
3 months ago
Seemed like it has slipped a little on being clean over the years but it is still our favorite NW Zoo, and defiinitely much better than the Portland Zoo, which was a mess the last time we were there. The setting is a great place for a zoo with some beautiful views.
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Daniel Donahue
4 months ago
The place in general is very well kept, many interesting animals and the aquarium staff person was knowledgeable about the fish in the main tank. The reason for a low score was the cramped spaces, especially the tiny octopus tank holding an intelligent animal which is far too restrictive.
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Barbara Taimanao
2 months ago
-- Came an hour bfore they closed the Zoo at 4pm. Even if we didnt gett to see all of the animals, we still gott to see most of the ones that we came to the Zoo for. Also dropped by the Gift store and walked away with two of the cute stuff animals. We enjoyed it but nxt tme , we'll plan to cme a little earlier than today!
Ashley Gullett
a month ago
WATCH OUT! Dangerous park. My car and the one next to me was broken into today (IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY) with valuables stolen. Apparently its an ongoing problem. I would be very careful until the city can make it safe for the hardworking citizens of Tacoma to use.
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Zachary Chase
9 months ago
I just went here today and I must say, I absolutely love this place. I will definitely come again, many times I am sure. I took plenty of awesome photos and videos. The place is chalk-full of photo ops. It is especially beautiful as it is in the summer here and the sun creates great lighting for the scenery. It will definitely still be beautiful in the rain, just a different experience entirely! I want to encounter the supposed ghost here. That would be exciting! I highly recommend a trip here.
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Debbie Matheny
a month ago
great place to take the kids too. I had a lot of fun and they enjoyed seeing all the animals