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Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
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...  read 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! 
  • I've been to some small zoos before, but this is the smallest zoo yet. The entire property is only 8 acres! I went as a single adult and was treated very well by the staff. They were all cheerful, happy to stop to chat for as long as needed, and had entertaining stories to share. I witnessed the same treatment for other solo adults during my day. The short educational talks had interesting tidbits about each animal, and the bird show was fun. All the animals looked healthy, alert, and content with as much space as most other zoos have for each. Every zoo animal had plenty of shade, but I wish there had been more shade for visitors. If the sun is out, bring a wide brimmed hat!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
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