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Close Encounters

Behind the Scenes Tiger Tour*

Experience the World of Tigers under the guidance of one of the Zoo’s Tiger Keepers.  Start with an informative mini lecture all about Tigers.  Enter one of the top world class Tiger Habitats in the Country.  Start your journey by entering a glass walled tunnel, where in a protective environment through special safety glass walls, you can observe the Zoo’s famous rare Tigers socializing and displaying natural behavior.  Watch the tigers show off in a special enrichment feeding session.  Follow the Keepers for a special behind the scenes look at the Tigers state of the art indoor living quarters where they sleep and eat.  This journey will become a lifelong memory.

Minimum Donation: $380 for 2 people, $25 for each additional person, up to 6 people maximum
Ages: 5 years old and older (ages 5-17 with paid Adult)


Special Tiger Encounter

An experience of a lifetime! Meet the Zoo’s famous rare Tigers up close and personal in a protective environment, separated only by 7/8 inch laminated safety glass.  Listen to your Guide telling about these magnificent creatures as they display their natural behavior and socialize with each other.

Minimum Donation: $56 for 6 people, $8 for each additional person
All ages welcome
No reservation necessary, Wednesday through Sunday 10am – 3pm


Reindeer Encounter*

A Fascinating view of a Fascinating Creature

Experience the Zoo's reindeer herds up close and personal.  Help clean their habitat and barn.  Observe their hierarchal social behavior while they feast on special treats you provide for them and learn from one of the Zoo's Reindeer Keepers what makes Reindeer unique among all other deer species.

Minimum Donation: $130 for 1 person, $190 for two people
Ages: 16 years old and older (ages 16-17 with paid Adult)


Cougar Encounter*

Participate in this Once in a Lifetime Experience

Meet our National Treasure, the ‘Cat of all Cats,’ up close and eye to eye.  Listen to the keeper tell you all about cougars.  Go inside the habitat and help clean and tidy up.  Observe the Cougar’s behavior as they take possession of the special treats you have hidden throughout their habitat.  Meeting these magnificent felines behind the scenes will give you a new perspective of the Cat of all Cats also called the
American Lion.

Minimum Donation: $240 for 1 person, $360 for 2 people
Ages: 14 years old and older (ages 14-17 with paid Adult)

Lemur Encounter*

Enjoy this memory that lasts a lifetime.

Meet these beautiful and critically endangered primates that are native to the Island
of Madagascar.  Admire their beauty, social interaction and incredible athletic ability.  Do not miss this enchanting and rare opportunity to meet the mysterious Ruffed Lemurs of Madagascar at the Cougar Mountain Zoo.

Minimum Donation: $90 for 1 person, $150 for 2 people
Ages: 5 years old and older (ages 5-17 with paid Adult)

Mule Deer Encounter*

Meet our Mule Deer Herd Up Close and Personal!

Listen to you Guide tell you about these unique creatures.  Hand feed the Mule Deer special treats inside their habitat.  Watch them frolic around their habitat.   Observe their beauty and natural behavior in this intimate encounter.

Minimum Donation: $80 for 1 person, $140 for 2 people
Ages: 5 years old and older (ages 5-17 with paid Adult)

*By Advanced Reservation Only, Includes All Day Admission

How to book your Close Encounter!

Close Encounters are held according to the specific schedule of each individual animal.
Close Encounters may be rescheduled and/or shortened due to animal’s state of mind.

Call the Education Department Now at 425-392-6278.

A non-refundable deposit of 20% (VISA, MasterCard or Discover over phone or in person) at the time of booking will secure your reservation.  If you decide to change the date or time of your encounter, please call us as soon as possible and we can transfer your deposit.

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