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Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah
(3.6/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This zoo is very small but has some truly amazing animals. Meanwhile, there are two white Tigers, as well as a honey-coloured Tiger and a normal. Then there's a whole section dedicated to parrots of various species, many endangered species ... beautiful! Apart from this there are Cougars, wolves, elk, lemurs. Finally there is a part with animals that kids can feed: Wallabies, llamas, deer. The kids loved it and I must say I liked it too big!
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  • I love treating my grandchildren to Cougar Mountain Zoo. It's perfect with children because it's small, walkable, interesting, educational, and you don't have to commit to an entire day for them to ex...  more »
  • This zoo is perfect for little kids, but it's fun for older ones too. It's one of your favorite places to visit in Issaquah. My daughter loves the macaw and the sculptures are great! 
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  • Small zoo with a small selection of animals. Reindeer are main focus attraction and smell worse than cows. Would highly recommend the Woodland Park Zoo over this one. Animals are confined to small areas and look unhappy. Facility is well maintained. Designed for families not the casual single that just wants a quick tour or lazy afternoon. Kept getting the cold shoulder like I didn't belong. Got belittling customer service. I scouted it out for my family and I did not feel welcome at all. Will not be coming back here nor bring my family due to the arrogance of "families oriented/preferred". Parking is tight with limited spots. Full after a few hours upon opening. Neighborhoods reinforce parking so you can't park there. Compact spots with about 25 in their main lot. Vehicles tend to take two due to this. Schools regularly bring students with full buses through out the month.
  • I love this zoo, I've been coming here for years. Much less crowded than the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, and its smaller so its better if you want to spend less time walking. Its not entirely wheelchair accessible, but its still relatively easy to get around. Make sure to buy a cup of apples to feed the reindeers!
  • As an Issaquah family, we like going to the Cougar Mountain Zoo. It is only a few minutes drive away from home, and is filled with great animals. We love going to see the tigers and cougars, which are always an awe-inspiring sight. We also love the parrots exhibit. We typically end the tour by feeding the various animals that are allowed to be fed, emu, wallabies, etc.
  • Perfect size zoo for a morning outing with my three-year-old and one-year-old. Very walkable for my little ones and we enjoyed the variety of animals and low key atmosphere. Well maintained property; clearly a zoo that takes good care of its animals.
  • The animals here are kept in pretty small areas that don't seem very well maintained, which is why I'm giving it a low rating. My three year old enjoyed it because you get a great view of the animals - they have no where else to go. There also isn't a huge variety of animals - it took us less than an hour to see everything in the whole zoo