Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium http://kplu.org en Point Defiance to Let Visitors Swim with Sharks http://kplu.org/post/point-defiance-let-visitors-swim-sharks <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beginning Friday, an aquarium in Tacoma will let paying visitors dive in a shark-infested tank.</span></p><p>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.</p><p>Ah, the things you might question there&#39;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 &ldquo;Jaws.&rdquo;</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Tom Banse 10376 at http://kplu.org Point Defiance to Let Visitors Swim with Sharks Ailing Sumatran tiger euthanized at Tacoma zoo http://kplu.org/post/ailing-sumatran-tiger-euthanized-tacoma-zoo <p></p><p>TACOMA, Wash. – Veterinarians at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma killed a Sumatran tiger who was suffering from lymphoma and kidney disease.</p><p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:22:38 +0000 The Associated Press 7225 at http://kplu.org Wild mink kills 7 puffins at Tacoma zoo http://kplu.org/post/wild-mink-kills-7-puffins-tacoma-zoo <p>TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A wild mink entered the seabird exhibit at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma and killed seven tufted puffins.</p><p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:41:47 +0000 The Associated Press 6848 at http://kplu.org Point Defiance Sumatran tiger cub needs a name http://kplu.org/post/point-defiance-sumatran-tiger-cub-needs-name <p>The Point Defiance Zoo &amp; Aquarium's 3-week old Sumatran&nbsp;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.</p><p>You can help name the cub. Zoo staffers have proposed 6 names for the little guy, and you can vote for your favorite at <a href="http://www.pdza.org/">www.pdza.org</a>.</p><p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 21:11:26 +0000 Dave Meyer 6325 at http://kplu.org Point Defiance Sumatran tiger cub needs a name Point Defiance tiger cub is being bottle-fed http://kplu.org/post/point-defiance-tiger-cub-being-bottle-fed <p>Officials at the <a href="http://www.pdza.org/">Point Defiance Zoo &amp; Aquarium</a> have decided to take a newborn Sumatran tiger cub from its mother and rear it by hand.</p><p>The cub, born August 22nd, is losing weight and not getting enough milk from its mother, Jaya.</p><p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:58:11 +0000 Dave Meyer 6134 at http://kplu.org Point Defiance tiger cub is being bottle-fed Photos: Zoo's live animal drama encourages kids to get outside http://kplu.org/post/photos-zoos-live-animal-drama-encourages-kids-get-outside <p>Point Defiance Zoo&rsquo;s latest outdoor theater show &ndash; &ldquo;<a href="http://www.pdza.org/page.php?id=489">Captain Adventure vs. Dr. Do-Nothing: The Quest to Get Outside!</a>&rdquo; &ndash; 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.</p><p>The show features a variety of native and exotic animals and the chance for audience members to participate. KPLU&rsquo;s multimedia intern Mallory Kaniss attended one of the shows and brought back the photo gallery below. <em>(For larger images and to view captions or if your device doesn&#39;t support Flash, <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/42677472@N04/sets/72157630081608644/show/">check out the show on our Flickr page</a>.)</em></p><p><object height="330" width="440"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F42677472%40N04%2Fsets%2F72157630081608644%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F42677472%40N04%2Fsets%2F72157630081608644%2F&amp;set_id=72157630081608644&amp;jump_to=" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=109615" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F42677472%40N04%2Fsets%2F72157630081608644%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F42677472%40N04%2Fsets%2F72157630081608644%2F&amp;set_id=72157630081608644&amp;jump_to=" height="330" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=109615" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="440"></embed></object></p><p> Sun, 10 Jun 2012 15:12:19 +0000 Mallory Kaniss 5237 at http://kplu.org Photos: Zoo's live animal drama encourages kids to get outside Endangered red wolf pups born at Point Defiance Zoo http://kplu.org/post/endangered-red-wolf-pups-born-point-defiance-zoo <p>At least 6 red wolf pups have been born at <a href="http://www.pdza.org/index.php">Tacoma&#39;s Point Defiance Zoo &amp; Aquarium</a> (PDZA).</p><p>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 <a href="http://www.pdza.org/page.php?id=294">Red Wolf Woods</a> exhibit.</p><p> Tue, 15 May 2012 21:03:49 +0000 Dave Meyer 5025 at http://kplu.org Endangered red wolf pups born at Point Defiance Zoo Tacoma's clouded leopard cubs named http://kplu.org/post/tacomas-clouded-leopard-cubs-named <p><em>But first - a video that is too cute to even stand:</em></p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRE4bcrKCqU</p><p>Point Defiance Zoo &amp; Aquarium&rsquo;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.</p><p>And the winners are: Chận sūng (pronounced Chan-Soon) for the male and Suksn (Sook-Son) for the female. His name translates to &ldquo;Noble,&rdquo; hers to &ldquo;Mischievous.&rdquo;</p><p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:03:20 +0000 Jake Ellison 4815 at http://kplu.org Tacoma leopard cubs to meet public, need names! http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-leopard-cubs-meet-public-need-names <p>TACOMA, Wash. &mdash; Two newborn leopard cubs are making their first public appearance Saturday at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma.</p><p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 21:12:02 +0000 The Associated Press 4549 at http://kplu.org Tacoma leopard cubs to meet public, need names! Two clouded leopard cubs born at Point Defiance Zoo http://kplu.org/post/two-clouded-leopard-cubs-born-point-defiance-zoo <p>Two endangered clouded leopard cubs were born at <a href="http://www.pdza.org/">Point Defiance Zoo &amp; Aquarium</a> this morning.</p><p>The cubs, one female and one male, are healthy and weigh about half a pound each. For safety reasons, they&#39;ll be hand-raised by zoo staff rather than the mama leopard.</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 01:16:34 +0000 Dave Meyer 4356 at http://kplu.org Two clouded leopard cubs born at Point Defiance Zoo Tacoma zoo's tiger looking for a little love; Seattle octopuses find it http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-zoos-tiger-looking-little-love-seattle-octopuses-find-it <p>The Point Defiance Zoo is welcoming a visitor tomorrow for a special post-Valentine&#39;s Day tryst with Jaya &ndash; a Sumatran tiger named Malosi.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re very excited about Malosi&rsquo;s arrival and the pair&rsquo;s potential to produce cubs,&rdquo; said general curator Karen Goodrowe Beck. &ldquo;The Sumatran tiger is critically endangered and we are working hard to protect and boost the population of this extraordinary species.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 17:42:10 +0000 KPLU News Staff 4151 at http://kplu.org Tacoma zoo's tiger looking for a little love; Seattle octopuses find it New photos and video of clouded leopard cubs at 2 months http://kplu.org/post/new-photos-and-video-clouded-leopard-cubs-2-months <p>Now a little over two months after their birth, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium&#39;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.)</p><p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 21:33:49 +0000 Robin Cedar 2467 at http://kplu.org New photos and video of clouded leopard cubs at 2 months Point Defiance Zoo welcomes more red wolves http://kplu.org/post/point-defiance-zoo-welcomes-more-red-wolves <p>The population of the <a href="http://www.pdza.org/page.php?id=294">Red Wolf Woods</a> 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.</p><p>The wolves, Wilson and Havana, are a non-breeding pair. They&#39;re on display in an area separate from the exhibit&#39;s other resident, Graham.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 21:30:52 +0000 Dave Meyer 1991 at http://kplu.org Point Defiance Zoo welcomes more red wolves Best bet in Tacoma this weekend: Taste still pleases palates http://kplu.org/post/best-bet-tacoma-weekend-taste-still-pleases-palates <p>After 25 successful years, <a href="http://www.tasteoftacoma.com/index.php">Emerald Queen Casino&rsquo;s Taste of Tacoma </a>still remains Tacoma&rsquo;s best and most affordable family festival!</p><p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 22:10:44 +0000 1844 at http://kplu.org Best bet in Tacoma this weekend: Taste still pleases palates Zoo releases new video of clouded leopard cubs http://kplu.org/post/zoo-releases-new-video-clouded-leopard-cubs <p>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.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 15:58:23 +0000 Jake Ellison 1948 at http://kplu.org Zoo releases new video of clouded leopard cubs