Point Defiance: 100 Years and Beyond  
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Facts and Fodder
Find out about the different animals at the Point Defiance Zoo.
Animal Facts

Park Discussion
Point Defiance Park is an essential part of living in Tacoma and the South Sound.
Park memories

Hare & Hare report to park commissioners - 1911
Celebrating the zoo
  Along with the park, the Point Defiance Zoo marks its 100th anniversary in 2005. Its development from novelty to a serious educational and research facility mirrors the evolution of zoos nationwide.

Drew Perine/The News Tribune
Kikuyu, a 28-year-old aardvark, wanders by Jessica, 5, and Sierra Stillwel, 4, earlier this month. Staff biologist Jenn Donovan is practicing two facets of modern zookeeping - giving certain animals exercise outside their habitats and allowing people a chance to meet them. The philosophy represents an evolution from the time of concrete cages.

Animal magnetism
By KRIS SHERMAN  •  The News Tribune
If not for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, the red wolf might howl no more.

If not for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, generations of South Sound children might have grown up without ever spying an elephant, a polar bear or a walrus.

If not for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Dub Dub and ET, Cindy and Suki, Kenneth and Boris would have gone unloved in Tacoma. And they would not have loved us back.
Continue reading ANIMAL MAGNETISM
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Interactive Photo Gallery
News Tribune staff photographer Drew Perine narrates this photographic slideshow of the Point Defiance Zoo.

    Wild things
From Dub Dub to Cindy - a poster of the beloved animals that drew generations to the zoo.
Featured Creatures (PDF)

Zoo lovers young and old offer stories of a special place and the critters within.
• A natural order
• Childhood at the Point yields fresh inspiration now
• Depression-era octopus puts on a play, in eight acts

Point Defiance has seen its share of daring zoobreaks over the years.
• Elephant on Pearl Street? Imagine the 911 calls

Find out how to learn more about the history of the zoo and aquarium, and get a listing of upcoming events.
Point Defiance Events

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