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Tag: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium


Meet Tien, Tacoma’s newest clouded leopard

Six-week-old Tien, an endangered clouded leopard cub is held by staff biologist Kadie Burrone, during his afternoon feeding time. (Janet Jensen/Staff photographer) See more photos of the cub in our gallery.

The clouded leopard cub born last month at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium now has a name and can be seen by visitors to the zoo.

Tien, (pronounced Tea-n), was named by zookeepers for the Thai word meaning strong, stable and steady, though it’s not a direct translation, according to staff.

He was born to mother Chai Li and dad Nah Fun May 1,

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Harbor seal pup born at Point Defiance Zoo

Meet the newest addition to the harbor seal family at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

The 23-pound pup, who has yet to be named, was born Sunday to eight-year-old Shila, whose maternal instincts are in full swing as she cares for the newborn.

“She’s a great mom,” general curator Karen Goodrowe Beck said.

Mother and pup will bond behind the scenes for a couple weeks before they join the other harbor seals on exhibit, though the zoo said it’s too soon to say exactly when the public will be able to see the little

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