Zoo celebrates tiger birthdays, Earth Day; city also has events planned

April 14, 2015

Celebrate Earth Day at Cougar Mountain Zoo’s Party for the Planet on April 18.

Special guests include the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society, Mountains to Sound Greenway and many more. Activities include Tobias the Magician, face painting and Earth-friendly arts and crafts, as well as Earth Day-themed mini-lectures for the zoo animals. You can also get your portrait drawn by a caricaturist.

See a complete schedule of mini-lectures at http://bit.ly/1axnfe0.

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Woo at the zoo

March 10, 2015

Cougar Mountain Zoo  Green-winged macaw Pata looks on while blue-and-gold macaw Rio samples apples, almond butter, almonds, raspberries and bananas, all made to look like a steak dinner. The pair won the Valentine’s Day-themed Woo at the Zoo contest, where people could vote for their favorite couple at Cougar Mountain Zoo. They then received this special romantic dinner for two while listening to ‘Lady in Red.’

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Green-winged macaw Pata looks on while blue-and-gold macaw Rio samples apples, almond butter, almonds, raspberries and bananas, all made to look like a steak dinner. The pair won the Valentine’s Day-themed Woo at the Zoo contest, where people could vote for their favorite couple at Cougar Mountain Zoo. They then received this special romantic dinner for two while listening to ‘Lady in Red.’

Downtown Issaquah Association announces 2015 board of directors

December 30, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 30, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association has chosen its 2015 board of directors, including new members Jamie Lilly and Robyn Barfoot.

Lilly, director of marketing for the Village Theatre, has increased subscribers and attendance there. She is an active member with the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the ambassador’s committee and tourism advisory committee. She is passionate about music and arts, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from Whitman College.

Barfoot, former general curator of Cougar Mountain Zoo and now a zoo and wildlife consultant brings more than a decade of work collaborating with the local media and business community. She also is on the Tourism Advisory Board for Issaquah.

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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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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.

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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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