Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

swimming with sharks
5:01 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Point Defiance to Let Visitors Swim with Sharks

Ingrid Barrentine Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Beginning Friday, an aquarium in Tacoma will let paying visitors dive in a shark-infested tank.

The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium has built a dive cage in a tank that is home to 17 sharks. Experienced scuba divers can even swim out into the center of the pool.

Ah, the things you might question there's high demand for. More than 400 people have already made reservations to take a dip in a tank full of sharks. Cue the theme music from the movie “Jaws.”

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Point Defiance Zoo
11:22 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Ailing Sumatran tiger euthanized at Tacoma zoo

TACOMA, Wash. – Veterinarians at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma killed a Sumatran tiger who was suffering from lymphoma and kidney disease.

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Other News
8:41 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Wild mink kills 7 puffins at Tacoma zoo

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A wild mink entered the seabird exhibit at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma and killed seven tufted puffins.

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Zoos
2:11 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Point Defiance Sumatran tiger cub needs a name

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's 3-week old Sumatran tiger cub is now on public display. The 8 pound feline has been moved into the cub den at the zoo's Asian Forest Sanctuary. Visitors can watch him interact with zookeepers at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily.

You can help name the cub. Zoo staffers have proposed 6 names for the little guy, and you can vote for your favorite at www.pdza.org.

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Zoos
1:58 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Point Defiance tiger cub is being bottle-fed

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Officials at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium have decided to take a newborn Sumatran tiger cub from its mother and rear it by hand.

The cub, born August 22nd, is losing weight and not getting enough milk from its mother, Jaya.

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Point Defiance Zoo
8:12 am
Sun June 10, 2012

Photos: Zoo's live animal drama encourages kids to get outside

The awe-inspiring bald eagle quickly became a crowd favorite.
Mallory Kaniss KPLU

Point Defiance Zoo’s latest outdoor theater show – “Captain Adventure vs. Dr. Do-Nothing: The Quest to Get Outside!” – is a live animal show that follows the journey of a superheroine and her trusty superdog sidekick as they defeat their nemesis, Dr. Do-Nothing.

The show features a variety of native and exotic animals and the chance for audience members to participate. KPLU’s multimedia intern Mallory Kaniss attended one of the shows and brought back the photo gallery below. (For larger images and to view captions or if your device doesn't support Flash, check out the show on our Flickr page.)

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Zoos
2:03 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Endangered red wolf pups born at Point Defiance Zoo

Millie's pups began arriving on Mother's Day
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

At least 6 red wolf pups have been born at Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA).

Millie, an 8-year-old, gave birth to the pups over a 30 hour period that began Sunday night. The father is 9-year-old Graham. The mother and pups are secluded in an out of view den area in the Red Wolf Woods exhibit.

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Animal fun
2:03 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Tacoma's clouded leopard cubs named

But first - a video that is too cute to even stand:

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s 6-week-old clouded leopard cubs are noble and mischievous, according to the majority of people who responded to an online survey to name them, reports the zoo. Nearly 6,000 votes were cast by the Wednesday night deadline.

And the winners are: Chận sūng (pronounced Chan-Soon) for the male and Suksn (Sook-Son) for the female. His name translates to “Noble,” hers to “Mischievous.”

Diversions
2:12 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Tacoma leopard cubs to meet public, need names!

You can help the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium name these cubs! Go to the survey link in the story.

TACOMA, Wash. — Two newborn leopard cubs are making their first public appearance Saturday at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma.

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Endangered species
5:16 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Two clouded leopard cubs born at Point Defiance Zoo

Newborn clouded leopard cub at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Seth Bynum Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Two endangered clouded leopard cubs were born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium this morning.

The cubs, one female and one male, are healthy and weigh about half a pound each. For safety reasons, they'll be hand-raised by zoo staff rather than the mama leopard.

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Valentine's Day
9:42 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Tacoma zoo's tiger looking for a little love; Seattle octopuses find it

Ready for Valentine's Day during today's Octopus Blind Date at the Seattle Aquarium.
Seattle Aquarium

The Point Defiance Zoo is welcoming a visitor tomorrow for a special post-Valentine's Day tryst with Jaya – a Sumatran tiger named Malosi.

“We’re very excited about Malosi’s arrival and the pair’s potential to produce cubs,” said general curator Karen Goodrowe Beck. “The Sumatran tiger is critically endangered and we are working hard to protect and boost the population of this extraordinary species.”

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Environment
2:33 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

New photos and video of clouded leopard cubs at 2 months

Point Defiance Zoo has released new photos and video of its clouded leopard cubs.
Seth Bynum Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Now a little over two months after their birth, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium's two clouded leopard cubs, named Taji and Sumalee, are more active than ever, if the new photos released are anything to go by. (More photos inside.)

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Science
2:30 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Point Defiance Zoo welcomes more red wolves

An endangered red wolf at Point Defiance Zoo.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

The population of the Red Wolf Woods exhibit at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium just tripled in size. A new pair of wolves has arrived from the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas.

The wolves, Wilson and Havana, are a non-breeding pair. They're on display in an area separate from the exhibit's other resident, Graham.

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Food and Entertainment
3:10 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Best bet in Tacoma this weekend: Taste still pleases palates

There are 4 outdoor entertainment stages featuring all genres of music with local and national entertainment located all over the Taste grounds.
dboling40 flickr

After 25 successful years, Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma still remains Tacoma’s best and most affordable family festival!

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Environment
8:58 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Zoo releases new video of clouded leopard cubs

Point Defiance Zoo has released new photo and video of its clouded leopard cubs.
Seth Bynum Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Just a day away from public viewing, the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium has released a new photo (above) and a new video of the newborn clouded leopard cubs.

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