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Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah

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Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • Took my younger grandchildren to see this local Zoo, found it very pricey ..they sell apples in cups that you can feed to the animals but all of the animals had signs that say Do not feed that wa...  more »
  • Really enjoyed our visit here. Small and compact but with a lovely selection of animals. 3 cougars who are active and great commentary from their keeper at feeding time. Several tigers and wolves alon...  more »
  • Nice small neighborhood place. Amazing birds and lots of them. We enjoyed the parrot .The kids would say hi and the parrot responded with the amazing whistle. We have an 1yr old and 6,8 years old they...  more »
  • This is one of those places where its so great....size doesn't matter. I would come here just to sit and be calm. The animals are soothing. The water fall pond is soothing and The mountain views across the lake is marvelous. The animals are beautiful and well cared for. You can tell they are in a great place. Everywhere Clean..well manicured facilities. Staff knowledgeable, professional and friendly!!! Perfect spaces for kids...while the park is enjoyable by all. One of the best animal conservatory I've seen. There is another one near Melbourne FL I also highly recommend.
  • As some people have stated, the facility is a tad small but the animals seem well cared for and the staff are friendly and great. The tigers are majestic, the wallabies are cute, and being able to feed some of the animals is loads of fun. Would recommend. We went on a rainy day and that cut the crowds quite a bit, felt like we were the only ones there, but this probably made the visit even more enjoyable.
  • This zoo is great for smaller children. It is small so not too much walking is required. They have feeding times and a bird show throughout the day to keep you entertained. You can even feed some of the animals. My 4 year old loved it.
  • Not the best place to go for a single individual. I tried scouting this place out for my family but felt like the odd person out. Did not feel terribly welcome nor acknowledged. The animals really need a larger "cage" to wander in. Most looked uncomfortable about being in a small space. Most looked at me with the look of "help me." Families with children were quickly acknowledged. I think I'll bring my family to the Woodland Park Zoo. It's a 20 minute stroll around the grounds. Not worth it. Parking lots are horrendously small and can barely fit a standard sized car. School buses will generally take up most of the parking. If it wasn't for school field trips I honestly don't think this place would survive.
  • Clean facility, but quite depressing, as the animals look unhealthy and anxious. I only heard staff members correcting behavior, not offering information. The behavior being corrected was kids climbing on the numerous bronze animals sculptures around the zoo... The exact type that people are encouraged to climb on and take photographs with at Woodland Park Zoo or San Diego Zoo. Here you're not even supposed to touch them. Especially odd since there's a little park-like grassy area filled with the statues; basically an attractive nuisance if the CMZ expects no one to touch them. Admission is expensive for how limited and sad this place is.