Did you know? There's a zoo as close as Issaquah? Sure, maybe you've stopped in Issaquah to fill up before your trip back to Yakima or stopped by that XXX root beer and burger place on the way back from Seattle. Well, not only is Issaquah the closest Trader Joe's to Yakima but it's also home to this zoo that lets you see some wild animals up close.

Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah is exactly that.

cougar mountain zoo
cougar mountain zoo

What's more is that Cougar Mountain Zoo has been around since 1972 so it's not exactly new, either. This place is more than its namesake. As part of the zoological society of Washington this zoo features cougars, wolves, lemurs, alpacas, reindeer as well as a variety of birds like cranes, macaws and emus.

cougar mountain zoo
cougar mountain zoo

There are some great zoos in Washington state including Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle as well as Point Defiance in the Tacoma area but it's nice to know you don't need to travel all that way, including driving through Seattle and Tacoma traffic, just to get to something like this. it's not exactly right next door, but it's not nearly as bad. Perfect for a day trip.

cougar mountain zoo
cougar mountain zoo

If you're interested in getting involved in volunteer and internship work or even a career, they tell you on their website what's available. You're also able to get more information on the animals they have and anything else you may need to know. I'm looking forward to visiting.

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