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Trip Planner: USA / Washington State / Issaquah / Cougar Mountain Zoo
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.
Cougar Mountain Zoo reviews
What a special find! We visited the zoo on a dreary day, perfect for wanting to get out but not spend all day outside. What it lacks in size it makes up in great staff with wonderful knowledge of...
What a special find! We visited the zoo on a dreary day, perfect for wanting to get out but not spend all day outside. What it lacks in size it makes up in great staff with wonderful knowledge of... more »
Very nice and well maintained small zoo. This zoo is growing and the animal displays are great. You can see cranes, parrots, lemurs, deer, alpaca, wallabies, emus, tigers, cougars and reindeer. The paths are all paved and accessible. For $.50 you can feed some of the animals from the treat box or purchase a cup of cut apples for $2. This zoo is really great for small children to start appreciating the zoos.
Came here for the Reindeer Festival and was very pleasantly surprised. Feeding the reindeer was such a fun experience. The staff were all extremely nice and informative. All the animals in the zoo looked happy and well taken care of. I am happy to support this zoo and I look forward to coming back.
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