Cari McKinstry is the Education Manager for the iconic Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah. Known for their motto “Conservation through Education” Cougar Mountain Zoo provides great programs throughout the year. In December, it all turns magically “Christmas”. Santa comes from his North Pole Home to get the reindeer ( Cougar Mountain is home to the largest Zoo herd of Siberian Reindeer in the Country) all prepped for their round the world jaunt on Christmas Eve. And we get to see it happening. The Zoo is open every day during daylight hours December 1 thru 23.