Kelly H. Milligan Kelly's Adventures Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Copyright Kelly H. Milligan

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Copyright Kelly H. Milligan

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

I had a good time at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium with Ozias and Mama. I also went with Diane, William, and Andrew K.

Aquatic Animals

We saw seals, otters, and a walrus named E.T. Since my visit in 2009, E.T. passed away in 2016 at the age of 33. Point Defiance has started raising money to install a life-size bronze statue of E.T. outside the front gate.

We saw a Pacific Octopus in a small tank set in the wall in the aquarium. This octopus has almost escaped his tank several times before, so the zookeepers had to keep extra eyes on him.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Copyright Kelly H. Milligan

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Copyright Kelly H. Milligan

I heard two marine biologists talk about several of the species of fish in the 24,000-gallon capacity water tank. Black sharks, seahorses, pufferfish, clownfish, and even an angelfish, all in the gigantic cylinder of water. It was fun to walk all the way around while imagining an ocean, filled with fish.

Animals of Africa

Colorful birds, in addition to a gorilla and noisy monkeys, are just some of the many animals we saw.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Copyright Kelly H. Milligan

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Copyright Kelly H. Milligan

We were also able to see some beautiful peacocks and shy meerkats. As with many species of birds, male peacock’s feathers are more beautiful than the females. Meerkats call the underground home, digging long tunnels called burrows.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Copyright Kelly H. Milligan

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Copyright Kelly H. Milligan

We also saw two elephants in a large open pen. Elephants are gigantic, majestic creatures, though they only eat grasses and fruit.

Animal Oddities

A zookeeper was holding Pop, a black albino corn snake, on her arm. We stayed while Diane went ahead, as she does not like snakes at all! The zookeeper told us that Pop eats one mouse a week.

The Malayan Tapirs were the strangest looking animals I saw. They are herbivores and considered an endangered species. Their habitat is shrinking from human deforestation. As a result, Malayan Tapirs may not be around much longer.

 I Want to Go Again

My mother even bought me my own camera to take pictures at the zoo! Consequently, my camera had photos of every animal I saw.

I loved the trip to Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium! I hope to go again soon, as I will take better pictures next time!

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Copyright Kelly H. Milligan

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Copyright Kelly H. Milligan

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Originally published on 8/18/2009 at https://kellyhmilligan.blogspot.com. It now lives here. 🙂

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