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About The Zoo Society

The Zoo Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit fundraising organization whose purpose is to lend financial support to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, WA. We provide support for Zoo and Aquarium exhibits, education programs, scientific research, conservation activities, animal care, and capital. Funds are generated through annual gifts, grants, individual donations, corporate support, and fundraising events.

A statue of a walrus stands at the entrance to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA) is the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Pacific Northwest. The 29-acre zoological park was established in 1905, and attracts about 700,000 visitors a year. It is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA), which ensure rigorously high standards of animal welfare, veterinary care, conservation, education and more. The Zoo sits within the 700-acre Point Defiance Park, offering spectacular views of Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. PDZA is operated by Metro Parks Tacoma, the oldest independent park district in Washington.

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Our Vision

The Zoo Society engages our community in support of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s education, conservation, research and preservation efforts through the Pacific Northwest, the Pacific Rim and beyond.

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Our Mission

To provide and promote financial, volunteer and community support to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The Zoo Society supports PDZA in their efforts to promote responsible stewardship of earth’s limited resources through education, conservation, research, preservation and recreational opportunities.

Board Of Directors

President
Dave Smith

Vice President
Matthew Schemp

Secretary

Treasurer
Sue Mauermann

Past President
Heather Parkinson-Firestine

Kim Burkes Larry Dahl Mark Hansen Jacquelyn Hoflich Cameron Moorehead
Melissa Powell Christopher Rye Sean Schmidt Quinn Taylor Mark Terry Nick Wright

Kim Burkes Larry Dahl Mark Hansen Jacquelyn Hoflich Cameron Moorehead

Melissa Powell Christopher Rye Sean Schmidt Quinn Taylor Mark Terry Nick Wright

Kim Burkes, Larry Dahl, Mark Hansen, Jacquelyn Hoflich,
Cameron Moorehead, Melissa Powell Christopher Rye,
Sean Schmidt, Quinn Taylor, Mark Terry, Nick Wright

Meet Our Staff

Ruthanne Howell, Executive Director of Tacoma Zoo and Aquarium Society

Ruthann Howell
Executive Director

[email protected]

253-404-3663

Lisa Johnson, Senior Development Director of Tacoma Zoo and Aquarium Society

Lisa Johnson
Senior Development Director

[email protected]

253-404-3651

Anne Gintz, Development Manager of Tacoma Zoo and Aquarium Society

Anne Gintz
Development Manager

[email protected]

253-404-3658