Culture Corner


Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma

July 25, 6-9 p.m.
Brewer’s Row, 3205 N. 26th St., Tacoma
Do you want to meet Point Defiance zookeepers, enjoy refreshing beverages and just relax with friends, all in the name of conservation? Then all you have to do is come to this conservation event and say hi.
PDZA zookeepers are dedicated to conservation even outside of their jobs at the zoo. The Point Defiance chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) is a group of PDZA staff and volunteers who fundraise for conservation and professional development in their free time.
One of the exciting and active AAZK committees organizes monthly conservation social events. Tacoma venues partner with them to host gatherings such as Wild for Wolves, Sippin’ for Salmon or Ale for Albatross. The venue donates a portion of an evening’s proceeds to the chosen endangered species, so all the participants have to do is show up and have a good time.
Since the committee’s inception in 2011, these conservation social events have generated more then $25,000, all of which has been donated directly to conservation efforts.

July 28, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Point Defiance Zoo, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma
Pounce over to the zoo for this celebration that is “purrfect” for the entire family. Talk with tiger keepers, watch tigers enjoy special treats and more. Keeper talks are at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. There is also a touch station with tiger fur and skull all day in Asian Forest Sanctuary and other hands-on activities.
What’s World Tiger Day? Also called International Tiger Day, it’s a worldwide celebration of tigers and call to action for their conservation. According to the World Wildlife Federation, there are only 3,900 wild tigers left in the world. The Sumatran tiger — the species of PDZA’s five tigers — is even more in danger, with only a few hundred left in the wild in Sumatra and Indonesia. Their biggest threats are poaching and habitat loss.
Paws for the Cause: Did you know that palm oil is a form of vegetable oil that you likely eat or use every day? Most commercial palm oil is produced in Southeast Asia, the home of many wild cats and other species. Some companies farm palm oil in ways that are deforestation-free. Learn more about responsible palm oil at

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