Stewart and I have been teaching Ryder to love animals as much as we do almost since the day he was born. And it definitely hasn't taken much encouraging; the kid absolutely loves all furry friends! This has been a bit of a problem when he goes running up to strange dogs at the park, though. We're going to have to watch that...
Anyway, we were super excited last weekend to take him to the zoo for the first time. It was a beautiful, sunny, fall afternoon — perfect for a visit to Cougar Mountain Zoo. It's a smaller zoo nestled on the north-facing slope of Cougar Mountain in Issaquah just a few miles from our house.
Although we had fun, the visit didn't quite turn out the way we had hoped...
Ryder did take a look at some of the animals, but he was mainly interested in eating snacks, climbing on railings, picking up rocks, and playing in the gravel on the paths. Silly rabbit...
The thing I liked about this zoo in particular is that it wasn't crowded at all, and since it's a bit smaller it wasn't overwhelming. The exhibits also weren't very large, which meant we were really able to see the animals up close and personal.
|Ryder and Stew really liked watching the cougars, or "big kitties," walk around the enclosure.|
|And the white tiger was absolutely gorgeous, although the sign: "Watch Out — Tigers Spray!" made me a little nervous!|
|I thought Ryder would love all the big, colorful birds, but at this point he was much more interested in a rock he spotted along the pathway...|
|He did enjoy feeding the deer, though.|
|Stew said this is the closest he's ever been to a Bengal Tiger — cool!|
Even though our trip to the zoo didn't turn out exactly as we had hoped, it was still a super fun afternoon and we'll definitely be returning to the Cougar Mountain Zoo... next time when Ryder is a little older (we might check out the Reindeer Festival this Christmas).
Do you like the zoo?