Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo

December 16, 2014

Santa returns to Reindeer Festival

December 9, 2014

This time of year, not surprisingly, Santa tends to get around. Children and parents alike can see him in malls and events all over.

File Visitors enjoy watching Santa’s reindeer at their home-away-from-North-Pole home during a previous Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo.

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Visitors enjoy watching Santa’s reindeer at their home-away-from-North-Pole home during a previous Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo.

Issaquah’s Cougar Mountain Zoo invites visitors to not only meet Santa, but also to visit with his reindeer and other special animal helpers at the park’s 26th annual Issaquah Reindeer Festival through Dec. 23 at the zoo.

“Each year, the bar gets set a little higher,” said Cari McKinstry, promotions and public relations director for the zoo.

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Princesses of the zoo

November 11, 2014

By Cari McKinstry/ Cougar Mountain Zoo Above, Ice Princess Temika Deasy and Ice Queen Elizabeth Shriner (from left), from Princess Parties, recently paid a visit to Cougar Mountain Zoo. They met and greeted young zoo visitors and their families, read books to children and then visited Santa’s reindeer, under the care of mammal curator Logan Hendricks, here holding Sven, one of the zoo’s newest reindeer.

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Cougar Mountain Zoo
Above, Ice Princess Temika Deasy and Ice Queen Elizabeth Shriner (from left), from Princess Parties, recently paid a visit to Cougar Mountain Zoo. They met and greeted young zoo visitors and their families, read books to children and then visited Santa’s reindeer, under the care of mammal curator Logan Hendricks, here holding Sven, one of the zoo’s newest reindeer.

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Slither and scream Nov. 1 at Cougar Mountain Zoo

October 30, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 30, 2014

The Cougar Mountain Zoo presents ‘Slither and Scream,’ featuring special reptile guests from Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society with Halloween-themed activities.

All children in costume will receive half off future admission.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St. Admission is $9 to $12.50.

Learn more here or call 392-6278.

Girl Scouts live up to motto at camp

September 9, 2014

More than 400 local Girl Scouts attending Girl Scout Sammamish Day Camp completed five community service projects during a weeklong camp Aug. 4-8 at Beaver Lake Park.

The girls crafted interactive twig toys and treats for Cougar Mountain Zoo’s emus and wallabies, created back-to-school kits to give to children through Eastside Baby Corner, created animal toy and treat bags for a local animal rescue, knotted patterned fleece blankets for kids in need and handcrafted friendship bracelets for the Girl Scout World Center Sangam in Pune, India.

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Robyn Barfoot leaves Cougar Mountain Zoo after eight years

July 15, 2014

After eight years as general curator of the Cougar Mountain Zoo, Robyn Barfoot left to talk about tigers.

The move follows the same passions she displayed while overseeing the addition of new exhibits and community fund-raising to bring more to the local attraction. During her time there, four tigers were added in a large, central enclosure. Barfoot remains proud of giving the big cats a loving place to live, but says its time to extend that education.

“I want to be more involved in tiger conservation,” she said. “And also change is good.”

By Greg Farrar Robyn Barfoot, former general curator of Cougar Mountain Zoo, gets a kiss from 11-month-old Taj, the golden Bengal tiger, on March 13, 2008, after his weigh-in where he reached the 200-pound milestone.

By Greg Farrar
Robyn Barfoot, former general curator of Cougar Mountain Zoo, gets a kiss from 11-month-old Taj, the golden Bengal tiger, on March 13, 2008, after his weigh-in where he reached the 200-pound milestone.

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Art goes outdoors for new weeklong festival

July 15, 2014

ArtEAST and the Issaquah Highlands Council have separately done their parts to support and enliven the local arts community. Now, the two groups have combined efforts to present the area’s first ever Art Outside festival.

The weeklong festival that started July 11. It combines five events from the two organizations and lasts through July 20. ArtEAST Executive Director Karen Abel said combining forces with the Issaquah Highlands Council for the festival is a match made in heaven.

“ArtEAST has always been about supporting artists getting involved with the community and the Highlands Council wanted a way to get the community involved with art at their annual festival,” Abel said.

One of the artists participating in the Plein Air Paint Out is Arlon Rosenoff, who painted this painting, ‘Sun dress.’

One of the artists participating in the Plein Air Paint Out is Arlon Rosenoff, who painted this painting, ‘Sun dress.’

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Zoo freezer is christened

July 8, 2014

By Misty Peterson Cougar Mountain Zoo’s new walk-in freezer for the carnivore diets was officially put in operation June 30 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, performed by Peter Rittler, Zoological Society of Washington President, Hudson Bott and Mayor Fred Butler (from left) as zoo curator Robyn Barfoot (far left) and other city officials look on.

By Misty Peterson
Cougar Mountain Zoo’s new walk-in freezer for the carnivore diets was officially put in operation June 30 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, performed by Peter Rittler, Zoological Society of Washington President, Hudson Bott and Mayor Fred Butler (from left) as zoo curator Robyn Barfoot (far left) and other city officials look on.

Cougar Mountain Zoo tiger birthday celebration

April 15, 2014

Reindeer Festival welcomes new fliers

December 3, 2013

Santa is celebrating this holiday season with new members on his flying travel team and will debut them at the 25th annual Reindeer Festival at the Cougar Mountain Zoo.

Joining the other 10 reindeer at the zoo are Rowley, named after sponsor Rowley Properties, and Issy, named after the town he was born in. Zoo curator, and head elf, Robyn Barfoot said Rowley was born May 9 and Issy came along not far behind, on July 9; both have the same dad.

“Our visitors have a unique opportunity to peer into the joyous world of Santa Claus and learn about his amazing animal friends,” Barfoot said. “It makes for an unforgettable holiday experience.”

If you go

25th annual Reindeer Festival
Cougar Mountain Zoo
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily through Dec. 23
19525 S.E. 54th St.
www.cougarmountainzoo.org

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