Point Defiance Zoo Tropical Reef Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Tacoma, WA

The Tropical Reef Aquarium combines architecture, exhibitry and site design work to transport visitors to the South Pacific. The exhibit begins as a trail experience, leading from the interior of a South Seas island surrounded by lush tropical forest vegetation, to the beach overlooking an inner lagoon. Descending through coral headlands into a “blue hole” of the barrier reef, visitors emerge on the outer face of the reef in the deep, open ocean. Reef fish and open water fish, including sharks, can be seen in their respective habitats.

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