Troubadourable folk buddies Simon and Garfunkel once sang that "it's all happening at the zoo," before retiring from music to live out their days serenely basking in the reptile habitat. Get happening with today's Groupon: for $5, you get a one-day admission ticket (a $10.50 value) plus 10% off a membership to Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah. The membership discount is only available if purchased on the day you use your Groupon.
Founded in 1972, Cougar Mountain Zoo has maintained a commitment to wildlife education, with particular focus on endangered species. Sweeping views of the Cascade Mountain range and Lake Sammamish set the backdrop for myriad activities, such as daily keeper-led animal walks and minilectures led by zoo staff on two- and four-legged residents who refuse to speak English. Membership benefits include free zoo admission and a 15% discount at the zoo gift shop.
- The zookeepers and staff are very freindly [sic] and highly accessible. So for the animals that are there, one can learn a lot about them by asking the keepers who are eager to share. The parrot walk is especailly [sic] impressive, with a number of uncaged parrots playing peek-a-boo with passersby. – eccentricity, TripAdvisor
- The animals here are great, we really enjoyed the Llamas and feeding them. All the parrots & Macaws were so much fun, several birds kept saying hi, hello and peekaboo, it was great. – Tony Y., Yelp
Cougar Mountain Zoo
As strange as it may sound, at Cougar Mountain Zoo, you just might be greeted by a big cat purring. Cougars are among the largest cats capable of true purring, and Cougar Mountain Zoo boasts a distinct subspecies of these overgrown felines, which prowl all over the zoo's award-winning World of Cougars exhibit. Visitors to the exhibit don't just admire the animals from afar; zoo staff facilitate close interaction with the Cougars under strict safety standards, providing a uniquely intimate experience.
Next to the mountain lions dwell their distant cousins, Bengal tigers, who sprawl out on the green grass or press their noses up to a thick wall of glass separating visitors from the wild animals. Other residents of the zoo include a barrel of endangered lemurs from Madagascar, a crowd of fluffy alpacas, and the country's largest herd of Siberian reindeer, who star in the Annual Issaquah Reindeer Festival and assist Santa during the holiday season.
The zoo also boasts a collection of bronze animal statues, a library of wildlife tracks, and a museum that explores not only the world of wildlife, but also the threats they face from human incursion.
19525 SE 54th St.
Issaquah, Washington 98027Get Directions