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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  • Living on the east side of the state, it’s a nice treat to stop at Cougar Mountain Zoo. This particular day, the sun was shining and the temperature was comfortable, which made the inhabitants active....  more »
  • I've been there a few times in the 19 years we've lived here. Each time I've commented to family and friends how amazing it is that such a small zoo has the quality of bigger zoos in terms of animals ...  more »
  • This is not a big zoo by any means, but the few animals that they have are quite interesting, and it's still a nice way to spend a couple of hours…especially with kids. What really makes this zoo wort...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Tiny little zoo, but it's pretty cute. This is the closest I have ever come to in touching a tiger. While it costs an extra $14 per person, it is definitely something you have to do at least once in your life.
  • 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.
  • Best small zoo ever. I have never before been so close to the tigers and so many of the others animals. This zoo has everything you would want like a bird show and tiger talks without the crowds.
  • 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.

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