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Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah

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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.
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  • I have been waiting for so long to get a chance to visit this zoo but i have not realize its pretty small. I did enjoy seeing tigers and wolves and of course reindeers. A lot of birds. Overall its... 
    I have been waiting for so long to get a chance to visit this zoo but i have not realize its pretty small. I did enjoy seeing tigers and wolves and of course reindeers. A lot of birds. Overall its...  more »
  • 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
    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 »
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  • A great zoo for little ones. My 2 year old and I went two times around the zoo in 2 hours. Love how you can see all the animals up close and that they have so many statues of other zoo animals. Hoping to come back when more features are open like feeding animals or seeing presentations. Update. Came with my 2 and 4 year old and we had a lovely time. Parking was a bit challenging but a great size zoo for toddlers. We were able to feed the animals and actually got to see the tigers awake. Great staff who enjoy interacting with the kids.
  • Absolutely worth a visit. These folks have packed some great enclosures into a relatively small space, with fantastic views of the mountains on a clear day. Extremely kind and knowledgeable zookeepers and volunteers (who absolutely took time out of their days to answer questions and geek out with me about apex predator behavior), and really great enrichment activities for the animals. Plus, got this awesome photo of one of the wolves being a goofball. Highly recommend checking them out--if you go for a hike at Cougar Mountain, this is a great stop to unwind! I had no idea the place existed and essentially stumbled upon it, and I'm really glad I did.

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