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Address: 19525 Southeast 54th St, Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone Number: +1 425 392 6278; +1 425 391 5508 (office)
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Nice small zoo at the base of the mountains

The enclosures were a little small, but were very well maintained. The zoo personnel were very courteous and helpful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Heartland Illinois
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Seattle, Washington
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114 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My grandson had his 6th birthday at this zoo and it was my first visit. I bought him a membership as a gift! The animals are closer than in the larger zoos and the time it takes to walk through the whole place is much more tolerable for families with small children. The views are fantastic and the staff very... More 

Thank Mauri S
Heartland Illinois
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216 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The enclosures were a little small, but were very well maintained. The zoo personnel were very courteous and helpful.

Thank BearTrapTC
Vienna, Virginia
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179 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit. The zoo is up on a hill overlooking Lake Sammamish - beautiful. The zoo is small and sparkly clean. The staff do a terrific job of keeping everything looking good. You get a lot closer to the animals than you would at a larger zoo and we really liked that. Stations are sprinkled around the zoo... More 

Thank Dawn M
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Well kept clean zoo with friendly staff. The format of the zoo is more ' natural' than other zoos with inclines and mountainous type terrain. Kids most enjoyed feeding the deers and alpacas. having seen the website I expected a bit more interaction with the animals and at least for kids to be able to touch the tamer ones. Tigers... More 

1 Thank Zummy444
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

We visited on our way out of town, so didn't have a lot of time. The zoo is small, but very well put together. Great for all children. Met Peter(?) who we were told raised the animals and you could see how much they loved him. All the animals looked healthy and well taken care of, including the many birds.... More 

Thank fr13th3
Snoqualmie, Washington
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152 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We went on Thursday. Got there about 11 am and there was no parking at all. We ended up parking on the street. It wasn't really a big deal. This street isn't super busy to the point that you need to be worried about the traffic and the kids. We had a coupon so for 2 adults and 1 kid... More 

1 Thank kwanjai206
Sammamish, Washington
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77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I'm nearly ashamed to admit I've known about this facility for years and until today have never visited. I guess I always figured it was a private collection of animals owned by some wealthy person. In other words, I've paid little attention to it. A plea from my visiting granddaughters this weekend prompted me to take them somewhere and so... More 

1 Thank last901
Moscow, Idaho
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51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Not only is this a zoo, but it is a place dedicated to preserving endangered species. It is small, but its purpose is clear: caring for animals. On Saturdays there are lectures on various species given several times that day. We were lucky enough to hear the lecture on cougars. This year there are baby emus and wolves, as well... More 

Thank Rosemary S
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

My friend and I visited this place because I am a big fan of smaller, interactive zoos rather than large zoos where you can barely see the animals behind large grates. This place was just the ticket. Cougar Mountain is small, so there is plenty of time to keep going around with small children and you don't have to feel... More 

1 Thank fayethetraveler
Issaquah, Washington
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

We are season pass members and my 5 year old loves it. We can take short trips so that it is not overwhelming for him. He loves to feed the animals, watch the tiger feeding (1:00 pm) and finish up with the bird show (1:30 pm). I highly recommend it.

1 Thank Darrin H

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