|The arctic fox was probably my favorite attraction and a highlight of this year's visit.|
|Yes you are seeing that right: there is a crane in the park. The zoo was in the process of building a new aquarium as well as rennovating the "rocky mountain" portion of the park.|
|Snapped photos of ducks in the elephant's enclosure.|
|Another picture of the tiger enclosure|
|No trip to the Point Defiance Zoo is complete without visiting the aquarium.|
|Tried to snap photos of the fish tank. Some of the pictures were a little out of focus.|
|Jellyfish. By the way the Puget Sound is full of them.|
|Here is a closerup picture of the new aquarium being built. By the time I am there again, (maybe next year) maybe it will be done.|
|Walrus feeding time. There was crowd watching the walrus getting fed, so it was hard to snap a photo of the animal from a good angle.|
|Here is another picture of the walrus|
|Ahead was a shed where you can find more info on the red wolves.|
|Here is the Muskox exhibit.|
|This is the reindeer exhibit. I remember jokingly calling him rudolph after rudolph the red nosed reindeer (hey it was Christmas season a few weeks before).|
|Although it is hard to see the arctic foxes from this angle, they were out there.|
|Here was one of the foxes. Interestingly one definitely seemed to be more active than the other. There was a second fox in the enclosure, but he seemed to napping near the back of the pen (probably more shy around humans than the other fox).|
|Here is a better shot of one of the foxes (though the best ones I got were with my Windows phone)|
|There is the other fox. Less active than the other one.|
|The foxes definitely seemed to be enjoying the sun. They were both sunbathing at times.|
|Here is a "then" picture of the arctic foxes at the Point Defiance Zoo back in 2012. I remember posting that one on Facebook|
|Here is one last picture I got of the arctic fox. I think this is the other one that was "hiding". He definitely seemed to be soaking up the sun.|
|Here is the red wolf looking at the camera|
|Hey, it is Rudolph the reindeer going on a long needed vacation after helping Santa Claus back in December (just kidding).|
|Another picture of the goats|
|Here is a goat waiting for treats|
|Despite being in the middle of January it was gorgeous day to visit the zoo. Even did the 5 mile drive too.|
|I left around 3ish, but it was already starting to get darker out.|
Tip: whenever you visit Point Defiance Zoo and have extra time to spare, I might recommend visiting the Point Defiance Park and even doing the 5 mile drive loop. It is a pretty big park and you do get plenty of views of the puget sound, dash point (highway 509 goes right too Dash Point from Tacoma and has lots of similarities to Chuckanut Drive and Larabee State Park in Bellingham), Kitsap Penninsula, Vashon Island, and even the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. You are also pretty close to the Vashion Island Ferry terminal too, and could opt to ride the ferry if you want to (though that would have to be a separate adventure for me).
|Here is a big map of the park.|
|Sun was slowly starting to set, but I was able to get pictures of the sound. The 5 mile drive closes at dusk, so I had to manage my time well to get through in time.|
|Another picture of the raccoons|
|Lots of viewpoints to see and get out and stretch.|
Other Zoos I am tentatively planning to visit this year (given the opportunity):
- Northwest Trek. It has been at least 6 years since I was there last and am definitely due for another trip there. I also want to try and get pictures and videos of the red foxes they have too. Not sure when I will go, but probably sometime in March or April.
- Bearizona Wildlife Park. It is official, my family is planning a trip to Grand Canyon later this year and I have heard about about Bearizona (which is relatively close to there near Flagstaff). I can't make any promises about visiting that zoo as I will be at the mercy of the rest of my family's intersts, but if I get an opportunity to go there, I will be sure to check it out.
- Maybe Woodland Park Zoo. I might try and go to the Woodland Park Zoo in the summer sometime.
Also: American Camp on San Juan Island. I have heard that San Juan Island (particularly the American Camp area) is loaded with red foxes and I am definitely overdue to visiting the San Juan Islands again and want to see the foxes for myself. I might get an opportunity to go there in april (was invited to a family friend's wedding at Roche Harbor), but it falls in the same month when my middle brother and his wife are supposed to have their baby, and if it falls on the same weekend as the wedding, I won't be able to attend and even if I do make it to the wedding, I can't make any promises about visiting the American Camp area (would likely have to be a separate trip). Though I have heard that even Roche Harbor gets their share of foxes, so I will have to keep an eye out for them if I go there.
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