A Bronze Reminder

On February 17, 2024, the dedication of a bronze sculpture took place at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The couple, who have been long-time supporters, donated this beautiful piece to The Zoo Society. They’ve named the statue “Sally” in honor of their late daughter, who they describe as full of grace and mesmerized by the […]

We’re Hiring!

The Zoo Society is accepting applications for two part-time positions. To be considered, email society@thezoosociety.org with the position you’re applying for in the subject line. Please Include your cover letter and resume as PDF attachments. Current Employment Opportunities: Part-Time Administrative Specialist Part-Time Grant Specialist

The Importance of Shark Conservation

A shark

Preserving our Oceans to Protect our Future What are sharks?  Sharks are cold blooded fish that have lived in the oceans for at least 400 million years. There is a lot we do not know about sharks. Researching animal life underwater is very difficult but we do know that if the protection of their species […]

Animal Enrichment

A Red Wolf being tossed a meatball

Encouraging Play & Good Health! Over 10,000 enrichment items were used this year at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Those items can range from throwing a meatball to providing toys in the exhibit that encourage natural animal behavior. Being able to provide these enriching items to the animals plays a vital part in their animal […]

Learn More About Tiger Conservation

september is national save a tiger month

It is no secret that tigers around the world are facing extinction at an alarming rate. According to the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, as of August 2021, 97% of the wild tiger population has waned, leaving less than 4,000 tigers in the wild. Conservation efforts worldwide are rallying to the big cat’s side, but […]

A Friendly Reminder For You and Your Neighbors

A Friendly Reminder for You and Your Neighbors

It’s no secret that wildlands and spaces are being reduced at rapid rates around the world. According to The Conservation, just 23% of the land worldwide is deemed wild or unharmed from human life and industry impacts. And that does not include Antarctica. Many remain hopeful that the dwindling wilderness can be saved, but it […]

Our Kiosk is Open!

Our Kiosk is Open!

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Members’ Night 6/16/22 If you missed us at the last PDZA Members Access Night, don’t worry, we will have our newly painted kiosk open on the next two – July 21st & August 18th 6PM-7PM. Stop by to say Hi, learn more about who we are, and how we provide […]

Limited Tickets Available for Dive-In Under The Sea Event

Dive-In under the Sea

On July 15, 2022, join us for a summer night including an aquatic experience like no other with an outdoor gourmet dinner and live auction. You will get to see first-hand how we care for our aquariums and meet the crew who take diligent care of our aquatic life. All while enjoying cocktails, appetizers and […]

Our First in Person Event of 2022

Mocktails with the Keepers - Presented by the Zoo Society

On June 10th The Zoo Society hosted our first child oriented fundraiser, Mocktails with the Keepers! Despite the rainy Friday evening over 100 people threw on their rain jackets to enjoy a family friendly night of fun. From Dippin’ Dots to Carousel rides and everything in between, it was hard not to smile the whole […]

A Field Trip to the Zoo

A Field Trip to the Zoo

The first visit for many local students __ “It’s a beautiful day!” said Roosevelt Elementary kindergarten teacher Melissa Pick. After a spring downpour the day before, teachers, chaperones, and the 114 students alike were delighted for a sunny, dry day for a field trip to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Plus, it was the first […]