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Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium


Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is a combined zoo and aquarium in Tacoma, Washington.

The zoo was founded in 1905, the aquarium subsequently in 1935, but the aquarium relocated within the zoo in 1963. Today, the zoo and aquarium are located within Tacom's Point Defiance Park, cover an area of 27 acres (11 hectares), and are home to over 9,000 specimens representing more than 360 animal species. The zoo/aquarium receives almost 700,000 visitors per year.

Exhibits in the zoo include:
  • Arctic Tundra - This semi-circular exhibit features Arctic foxes, muskoxen, polar bears, and reindeer. The polar bears have an 11 foot (3.4 meter) deep pool, and can be viewed from both above and below the water.

  • Artificial Tide Pool

  • Asian Forest Sanctuary - A 5 acre (2 hectare) exhibit complex which simulates the forests of Southeast Asia. The exhibit features Asian elephants, Asian small-clawed otters, clouded leopard, Indian crested porcupines, lowland anoas, Malayan tigers, northern white-cheeked gibbons, siamangs, and Sumatran tigers.

  • Kids' Zone - An area featuring a very wide variety of smaller animals, plus a petting zoo and play area.

  • Magellanic Penguin Habitat

  • Red Wolf Woods - A landscaped habitat for red wolves (the zoo has been involved in red wolf conservation work since the 1970s).

  • Rocky Shores - Based on the shoreline of Cape Flattery, Washington, this area contains pools with common murres, harbor seals, Pacific walruses, sea otters, and tufted penguins. The exhibit previously contained beluga whales, but none are now present at the time of writing (see below).

  • The Aquariums - There are two aquariums - the North Pacific Aquarium which features species from Puget Sound, and the South Pacific Aquarium which simulates tropical Pacific environments including two coral reef tanks and a lagoon exhibit.
In addition, in the past, the zoo uses to house beluga whales, although none are now present (harbor seals are now housed instead at Rocky Shores). It is unknown at the time of writing, whether beluga whales will be exhibited again at the zoo.


Address


Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 North Pearl Street
Tacoma
WA 98407
United States


Telephone


Phone:+1 253-591-5337


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