Cougar Mountain Zoo

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Cougar Mountain Zoo
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Cougar Mountain Zoo logo
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Location Cougar Mountain, Issaquah, Washington, USA
Coordinates 47°33′11″N 122°04′50″W / 47.55299°N 122.08069°W / 47.55299; -122.08069Coordinates: 47°33′11″N 122°04′50″W / 47.55299°N 122.08069°W / 47.55299; -122.08069
Land area 8 acres (3.2 ha)
Number of animals 53
Memberships Zoological Society of Washington

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[1] 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, and camelids.[2]

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

Each 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.[3]

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.[2]

View of Lake Sammamish from the zoo


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