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Cougar Mountain Zoo

Parent Category: Kid’s fun
Created: 03 February 2014
Address: 19525 SE 54th Street
Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: 425-391-5508
Website: www.cougarmountainzoo.org
Hours: Wed-Sun 9:30am - 5pm
Admission: General (13+) $12.50
Seniors (62+) $11.50
Child (2-12) $9.00
Under Age 2 Free
Wheelchair Access:


Dogs Allowed: No
Acreage: 8 acres
Number of animals: 53

Pictures and the video below will take you on a virtual tour around the zoo! Take a minute to look them through!


Cougar Mountain Zoo is an 8-acre zoological park which is owned by a family in Issaquah, Washington. It should be said from the very beginning that this is a small park, much smaller than traditional zoos such as the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle or Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma. But here visitors will be able to see Siberian Reindeer, Bengal Tigers, Ringtailed Lemurs, lots of birds and other animals.

Cougar Mountain Zoo was opened in 1972 and nowadays it is divided into ten special “worlds”: alpacas, lemurs, tigers, cougars, reindeer, cranes, emus, ratites, macaws and wallabies. You can explore all these worlds in several hours, but for kids this size of the zoo is perfect. Besides you see the animals really closely. If your kids have questions, zoo educators will eagerly help you, answer all the tricky questions and share very interesting facts from the life of these animals.

At Cougar Mountain Zoo visitors may enjoy the life and playing of four Bengal tigers. The best time to visit them is summer, because usually in summer tigers are outside playing in the water area.

For the kids it will be interesting to listen to the short lectures that are held every day by the keepers.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to take pictures not only of the wild animals, but also pictures of bronze statues of the animals that “live” in the Magic Forest. Remember that it is forbidden to climb these statues.

In the forest area you will be able to see wallabies, emus, alpacas and mule deer. Visitors may also buy food to feed alpacas or deer.

The zoo is home for beautiful, multicolored parrots. Sometimes zoo keepers carry them and some other birds around the zoo or show them at the Wildlife Theatre.

Visitors may also have a picnic at the Mountain Lion Plaza. Be sure to bring food with you, because here you will find only snacks and ice-cream. 

There is a small museum on the territory of the zoo that features stuffed birds and animals.

Each December visitors have the opportunity to visit a picturesque Reindeer Festival and feed the most popular Santa’s Reindeer. Kids love this festival.

It should be said that Cougar Mountain Zoo is a great place for kids to see wild endangered animals and explore interesting facts about the wildlife of these species. 


Cougar Mountain Zoo from Beautiful Washington


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Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Pavlo Petryshyn

Information: Marina Petrova

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