Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah

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Cougar Mountain Zoo is a zoological garden located in Issaquah, Washington, on the north slope of Cougar Mountain. It was founded in 1972 by Peter and Marcie Rittler and covers 8acre. The zoo is open for general admission Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding the month of December).ExhibitsThe zoo offers a glimpse at many endangered species, including many endangered birds from around the world and small lemurs from Madagascar. The highlight of the zoo for many observers is the cougar, named Nashi. Nashi is provided enrichment on a near-daily basis, which consists of a stimulant to keep him active mentally and physically. The zoo currently specializes in eight "worlds" of animals: cougars, lemurs, cranes, reindeer, macaws, wallabies, ratites, camelids.On June 16, 2007, another world was added to the list, when the zoo welcomed its newest members, two male tiger cubs. Named Taj and Almos, they were the only Bengal tigers in Washington state. Two cubs have now joined them. Watch Bagheera the tiger's first swimEach December the zoo offers a special Reindeer Festival, during which people may come view, and feed Santa's Reindeer, and visit the "big guy" in person.
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  • A great surprise. Wonderful grounds and habitat easily walked by Seniors, with beautiful hilltop views of the surrounding area. Well kept and clean, highly educational for all age groups,and obviously...  more »
  • We go to this zoo a few times a year! Love the staff, the reindeer festival is a must see, but anytime of year is great to see the cougars, reindeer, big cats, the beautiful macaws...the lemurs, crane...  more »
  • Even though it is a very small zoo, the kids (2 - 10yrs old, 2 - 8 yrs old) had a great time. The zoo keepers would keep an eye out to help the kids feed some of the animals. They would also ask the k...  more »
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  • I loved my visit to the zoo today! They do an amazing amount of work for Christmas with decorations and lots of activities. Even though it was cold and snowy outside there were several volunteers around to answer questions about the zoo and the animals. Oh, and I fed a tiger...
  • Beautiful, hidden gem of a zoo! Breathtaking views and gorgeous, well-cared for animals. Woodland Park regulars might be shocked at how tiny Cougar Mountain is, but it is a treat to experience the smaller, quieter atmosphere at least once. Don't miss the Tiger talk/feeding! (parents with young, preschool-aged children: we went on a Fall weekday and pretty much had the zoo to ourselves! We got to sit right by the fence and watch the tigers without fighting through crowds - so great!)
  • I adore cougar mountain zoo. The reindeer festival is something our children will not soon forget. The only reason I don't give this 5 stars is I feel like the enclosures for some of the animals seem to be pretty small.
  • Beautiful little zoo for me to take my two year old. If you like it after visiting the first time, you can buy a year long pass, and they deduct from the price (which is under $100 for the two of us) of what we just payed for the daily visit! There's exhibits thruout the day, and a special reindeer festival, with all of Santa's reindeer, in December! Staff is friendly, park is immaculate, and gifts in gift shop are reasonably priced! Animals seem content, and very well cared for, which is great, considering they are, after all, in captivity. All in all, It's a great place to pack a lunch, and go spend a few hours with the little ones.
  • This Zoo Exhibit is beautiful. It's a small zoo setting with cougars, tigers, parrots, other various birds that are fun to see, reindeer, kangaroos and more. The Zoo is located in Cougar Mountain where my family lives, which is very convenient, I've visited several times. The focus on conservation of endangered species, it's a very small zoo but lovely (has a family-type small business setting). It's a beautiful location over Lake Sammamish and view of the Cascades. They do adorable activities around the Holidays but it's nice to visit all year! It's not a big commercial zoo so don't expect food stands or anything like that. One of the reasons I like it so much and support is because they seem like they take very good care of all the animals.

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