Zoo Open House

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Feb 18, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium


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February 18

Zoo Open House

Wednesday, February 18 (6:00pm)

Join us to learn more about capital projects at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. We’ll meet at the Education Center.

Replacement of the Failing North Pacific Aquarium
The Zoo’s 52-year-old North Pacific Aquarium is failing, weakened by decades of salt-water corrosion, and its life support systems are increasingly fragile. A new Pacific Rim Aquarium will continue the longstanding tradition of highlighting Puget Sound marine life while also showcasing some exciting new species such as Hammerhead sharks and sea turtles that live in the warmer waters of the Sea of Cortez.

Renovations and Improvements to the Aging Polar Bear Exhibit
The renovated polar bear exhibit will nearly double in size and meet rising international standards, allowing the Zoo to acquire new polar bears in the future. Visitors also can expect more up-close viewing experiences of the bears.

Renovation of the Aging Rocky Shores Exhibit
The three decades-old Rocky Shores exhibit is showing signs of deterioration, age and heavy use. Renovations to Rocky Shores – home to walruses, sea otters, seals, and puffins – will improve health and safety features for animals and keepers. Upgrades to animal life-support systems and expanded animal viewing opportunities also will be included in the project.

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