Bill Nye visits Point Defiance

Bill Nye, the “Science Guy,” made an appearance at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Friday to discuss the birds and the bees.

More specifically, the much-honored host of the “Bill Nye The Science Guy” children’s television series was on hand to film a segment for his new show, “The Eyes of Nye.”

Nye and his guest, Dr. Marlene Zuk of the University of California-Riverside, were at the Tacoma zoo to explore the ways in which animals attract mates.

Zuk, an evolutionary biologist, is the author of “Sexual Selections: What We Can and Can’t Learn About Sex From Animals.”

Zuk and Nye visited a number of animals at the zoo, including free-ranging peacocks, red junglefowl, small primates and seahorses between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Others may remember Nye from his appearances on the now-defunct television series “Almost Live!,” a popular program that poked fun at the Pacific Northwest.

Nye turned up as his “Science Guy” character to perform entertaining scientific experiments.

He also portrayed a superhero known as “Speedwalker,” who used his superpower of walking fast to fight crime.

“We’re delighted to have Bill Nye at the zoo,” said General Curator Karen Goodrowe. “His enthusiasm for science and the natural world and his work with children reflect precisely the mission of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.”

“The Eyes of Nye” is produced by KCTS, the Seattle-based Public Broadcasting System station.

This series, unlike “Science Guy,” is aimed at older viewers. The show will explore current issues in society through a scientific lens.

Nye also is the author of “Big Blast of Science,” “Bill Nye’s Consider the Following” and “Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Big Blue Ocean.”

It was unclear when the segment filmed at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium would air.