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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Animal Lovers

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Animal Lovers
May 4, 2021

Go beyond the typical Mother’s Day gifts and give mom a memorable experience she can enjoy with the whole family this year. Swim with sharks, get up close to a moose or touch a jellyfish! She won’t soon forget these amazing experiences at Northwest Trek and our sister zoo, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium!

  1. Swim with Sharks

Experience the thrill of getting up close to more than a dozen massive sharks underwater while learning about their biology and how we can protect them in the wild. Up to 4 people from the same household can dive together at the same time. Sign up for an Eye-to-Eye Shark Dive and see who’s the bravest: you or mom? Prove it!

mom and son get ready for shark dive

  1. Meet a Moose

“Mom Meets a Moose on Mother’s Day,” sounds like the perfect title for a children’s book, or the start of a great story! Jump aboard a Jeep with a keeper at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and go off-road and up close to animals like moose, mountain goats, bison, Roosevelt elk and more! Up to 6 people from the same household can take a Keeper Adventure Tour together.

family in jeep sees bison

  1. Go on a Wild Drive

Uh-oh! There’s a traffic jam… a herd of bison are in the road! This Wild Drive is bound to be much more exciting than rush hour on I-5. Take your own personal vehicle on the paved roads through Northwest Trek’s peaceful 435-acre Free-Roaming Area past dozens of animals native to the Pacific Northwest. Your guided experience includes a live audio narration by a naturalist who will share engaging stories about the species you’re seeing and what makes them special. Up to 8 people per vehicle allowed.

car drives near mountain goat

  1. Hand-feed Sea Stars

Go behind-the-scenes for a 75-minute tour of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s state of the art Pacific Seas Aquarium. Touch jellyfish, feed sea stars and anemones, learn how green sea turtles and hammerhead sharks are fed and cared for, and say hi to real aquarists as they pass by doing their work. This popular experience is coming back in June- so get your tickets now! Want a shorter tour? Book Jammin’ with Jellies instead, for a 30-minute tour focused all on moon jellyfish! Up to 5 people per tour.

person touches jellyfish

  1. Groom a Goat

Did someone say spa day?! Errr.. kind of! Mom is getting a different kind of spa day this year… she’s giving one to the goats! Brush them, pat them, scratch their ears and watch them soak up the attention! Learn about their personalities and what they like to eat and do. Pose for a photo with your favorite goat, then hand-feed them pellets. Goats love the social interaction, just like humans, so everyone’s day gets a little brighter! Up to 5 people.

woman pets goat

  1. Have the Zoo All to Yourself

Get to the Zoo before it opens to the public for a Wild Zoo Tour and experience animals in the early morning with a knowledgeable guide, without the crowds. If you’re lucky, you’ll even hear the siamangs or gibbons sing their morning songs to each other! This unique experience culminates with a one-on-one animal encounter at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater. Talk about making mom feel special! Up to 5 people.

family points at animal

  1. The Perfect Angle

Does mom love photography? Does she always want the perfect angle for the perfect shot? Gift her a Photo Tour at Northwest Trek. A naturalist guide will take her on a tram and look for views of moose, caribou, elk and more that will take her breath away!

photo tour at Northwest Trek

  1. Trek to the Wild Side

Bid on a collection of unique items and experiences, like a margarita basket, a grown-up game night basket, Adirondack chairs, tickets to the movies or a night away at a hotel in the first annual Trek to the Wild Side Online Auction hosted by the Northwest Trek Foundation. Not only will you find something great for mom, you’ll be helping out an awesome program too! Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Online Wildlife Academy, a virtual nature science education program focused on connecting students ages K-8 with native Northwest wildlife.

A-frame cabin
Deep within the free-roam area, along Horseshoe Lake at Northwest Trek, sits a custom A-frame log cabin quietly awaiting your arrival.
  1. A Day at the Zoo or Northwest Trek

Sure, swimming with sharks or getting up close to mountain goats sounds fun, but so is a leisurely stroll around the Zoo! At Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, see Sumatran tigers, red wolves, a polar bear, an Asian elephant, lar gibbons, sea otters, hammerhead sharks and so much more! At Northwest Trek, walk past bobcats, lynx, a cougar, gray wolves, grizzly bears and eagles.

keeper gives chat near anoa

  1. Become a Member

Gift your mom a membership to either Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium or Northwest Trek. Or, get a combo-membership to both! Memberships save you money and get you discounts and perks all year long. Like that shark dive we mentioned before? Save $45 when you’re a member! Or the Wild Drive? You save $20! Quality time for the family, all year long.

people watch elephant