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Collection Master Plan
The Cougar Mountain Zoo Animal Collection Master Plan supports the primary directive
of the Cougar Mountain Zoo and the Zoological Society of Washington, to create a
better understanding and appreciation of the earth’s wildlife and the role of humanity
in nature through education, research, captive breeding, conservation, recreation
The Master Plan shall focus on unique and endangered species with a unique and high
level of educational value.
To assure a level of excellence and a quality life for our Zoo Animals the Zoo Collection
Master Plan is comprised of ten different ‘Worlds’ (areas) of specialization. Each
‘World’ focuses on a genus representing one or more ‘Ambassador’ species/subspecies.
The North American Cougar is considered to be the Cat of all Cats excelling in many
areas of skill and behavior patterns. One of the leading Zoo Exhibits in the Country,
this WORLD currently features two subspecies of Mountain Lions.
The Lemurs of Madagascar are one of the most critically endangered and one of the
oldest species on Earth. This WORLD currently features three species/subspecies
Cranes are one of the oldest of all living things dating back millions of years.
In this WORLD, Cranes are represented by three species, considered tallest and most
beautiful of all cranes.
Reindeer are one of the most unique of all hoofed animals. This WORLD features the
largest Zoo herd of Siberian Reindeer in the Country.
Macaws are considered to be the most intelligent of all birds and are called by
many biologists the FLYING PRIMATES. This WORLD specializes in eight species/subspecies
of Large Macaws.
This WORLD is represented by the Swamp Wallaby. Wallabies are a smaller version
of the kangaroo. 'Swampies' have a distinctive bicolor coat and live
in groups called mobs.
This mysterious WORLD of flightless birds is represented by the Emu, considered
the largest flightless bird with smallest wings.
This WORLD is represented by the Alpaca, one of the smallest in the Camel family
and closely related to other South American Camelids the Vicuna, Llama and Guanaco.
This WORLD is represented by the magnificent Bengal Tiger, the only one of the six
existing tiger subspecies that occurs in different color variations in the wild.
World of Wolves
Magic Forest Collection
Visit this magical place where art and the beauty of wildlife merge to speak a common language. Enjoy the view, great photo opportunities, feed the animals, sit and relax and admire the largest bronze animal collection of any Zoo in the Country.