2019 Conservation Projects

A pair of tortoises swim in beautiful blue water.

Marine Conservation PDZA is committed to the study and protection of our marine environment. Many marine species, such as sharks and sea turtles, are poorly understood and are declining in number due to unregulated fishing and death through bycatch. Gaining accurate information on marine animals’ critical areas for feeding and reproduction and engaging local communities […]

2019 Conservation Projects funded by the Dr. Holly Reed Wildlife Conservation Fund

A walrus swims through water at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

Walrus reproduction This ongoing research project is a collaborative effort among zoos to study walrus reproduction to improve breeding management. Objectives of the study include monitoring male and female hormones, monitoring sperm production, monitoring female reproductive organ anatomy through ultrasound, and preservation of semen samples.  Sumatran tiger reproduction Since 2017, researchers have been developing methods […]

Conservation – How You Can Help

A beautiful white arctic fox.

It’s time to dive into conservation. Our oceans, and the animals that live in it, are being threatened everyday by humans, industry and climate change. Pollutants like single-use plastics, oil, boats, and nets can choke or harm them. Carbon dioxide is warming their world. By taking action today and choosing reusable items instead of plastic, […]

Your Donation Dollars At Work – Dental Radiography Unit

A zookeepers works with a dental radiography unit.

Thanks to YOUR donation dollars, we were able to get a new dental radiography unit to help our animals with dental needs. “We used it for the first time on Friday to diagnose dental abscesses in one of our meerkats. I can definitely say that I would not have been able to diagnose and treat […]

Your Donation Dollars At Work – Dental X-ray Machine

Employees at the Point Defiance Zoo hold up parts of the new dental x-ray machine they acquired.

The holidays came early for some of the caregivers at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium! Your generous donations allowed us to purchase a new portable dental x-ray machine ? for the animals. This dental imaging unit will allow the keepers at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium to get images of animals’ teeth, even on small animals, like […]

Kegs For Suki

Asian elephant walks through their habitat at Point Defiance Zoo.

Have you ever wondered…. What exactly is animal enrichment? Here’s a wonderful example. After months of waiting, Suki, the elephant was finally able to play with two modified kegs donated by Harmon Brewing Co. that were stuffed with grapes and hanging in the elephant habitat. To get to the tasty treats, Suki has to manipulate […]


Four women smile while looking at a ferret.

Connect. Inspire. Act. How we connect! I am the Zoo Society. You Are The Zoo Society. We are the Zoo Society. When you connect and contribute, you make an impact, and you are part of the much larger whole. At The Zoo Society, our aim is to help create meaningful connections and develop relationships between […]

Animal Enrichment

Black & White Ruffed Lemur

What is animal enrichment? Animal enrichment focuses on improving the animal’s psychological and physiological well-being through providing stimulating activities and enhancing their environment. According to Smithsonian’s National Zoo, enrichment activities would include different forms of play that would emulate what they may be doing in their natural environment. Other examples may include toys, climbing structures, […]


A young teenage fills out a form while standing on a beach amongst a crowd of all ages.

What do we mean by education? Education ignites the brain and inspires the soul. At the Zoo Society, your gifts contribute to supporting educational programs that connect the community to animals and nature. This provides an abundance of educational opportunities both physically at the zoo, and virtually. As a Vision Keeper, you will have educational […]