Cougar Mountain Zoo
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|Location||Cougar Mountain, Issaquah, Washington, USA|
|Land area||8 acres (3.2 ha)|
|Number of animals||53|
|Memberships||Zoological Society of Washington|
Cougar Mountain Zoo is a zoological garden located on the north slope of Cougar Mountain, just to the west of Issaquah, Washington. It was founded in 1972 by Peter and Marcie Rittler and covers 8-acre (3.2 ha). The zoo is open for general admission Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding the month of December).
The 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 swim
Additional exhibits include Magnani Nature Gallery, featuring paintings sculptures and craft; Wildlife Tracks Library, Wildlife Museum featuring collection of wildlife and paraphernalia and collection of bronze animal statues throughout the zoo.