Cougar Mountain Zoo is an 11-acre (4.5 ha) zoological park located in Issaquah, Washington, on the north slope of Cougar Mountain about 15 miles (24 km) east of Seattle. It is located near the border of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. The zoo focuses on endangered species including lemurs from Madagascar, Bengal tigers, and endangered birds from various parts of the world. It was founded in 1972 by Peter and Marcie Rittler who operated it admission-free for its first 15 years. In 1990, the founders donated it to the Zoological Society of Washington which assumed the zoo's management and fundraising endeavors. As of 2009, Peter Rittler continued in the zoo's management.Use our Issaquah day trip planner to arrange your visit to Cougar Mountain Zoo and other attractions in Issaquah.
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As someone who has worked at the best zoos in the country, this zoo is doing a fantastic job for being privately owned. Zoos are INCREDIBLY costly, and they have fairly large enclosures. They have a..... more »
What a little gem of a zoo. We were totally unexpectedly impressed. The enclosures are so modern and state of the art. And immaculate. The animals all looked healthy and had enrichment toys. I... more »
I personally like this small unique zoo! You can easily spent two hour by watching all the animals. I especially love its macaw area and wolf reserve! Staffs were very helpful and knowledgeable about their animals and facility. :) Recommended visit before the weather gets too hot. Not much shades.
A small and well maintained zoo premises. Great staffs and volunteers. The staffs were capable of providing proper answers for the questions we asked. They have got a resting shelter shade area ( mainly to have food and drinks). Participated in tiger feeding experience and was fun. The magic forest and reindeer viewing is good for kids (we could feed those animals in magic forest by the treats provided at the registration window). Completed the zoo visit in 4 hours.
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