Utah’s Hogle Zoo dates from 1931 and is located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. The Zoo is one of the most visited attractions in Utah and the top paid-for tourist attraction in Salt Lake City. Its natural terrain covers 42 acres of tree-lined pathways where visitors can view over 800 animals. 2009 was a banner year for the Zoo featuring the first African elephant born at the Zoo on August 10, 2009 and the milestone of 1,000,000 visitors in one year was reached in December.
The Zoo continues to strive to provide a safe, fun and educational venue for our visitors. You can read the Zoo’s mission and get information about planning a visit to the Zoo. Don’t miss the Asian Highlands which is an amazing re-creation of a Himalayan village and houses five endangered species of Asian cat. Also on your must-see list is the Elephant Encounter exhibit which features African elephants and white rhinos. Children will love the Conservation Carousel as it lets them ride on unique, hand carved and painted models of endangered or threatened animals. With the opening of Rocky Shores, the Zoo welcomed back several of its most popular animals – polar bear, sea lions, grizzly bears, harbor seals and river otters. As part of Rocky Shores over 400,000 gallons of water are filtered and recycled in the various exhibit pools, allowing spectacular views of the animals above and below water. Guest will also enjoy cooling off during the summer months at our Lighthouse Point Splash Zone where a blow hole sprays water and tide pools can be explored. Parents can relax as their children enjoy the lighthouse slide, discover a ship wreck and of course get slightly wet!
There are more than 2,000 USDA licensed wildlife exhibitors in the US but less than 10% of them have been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Hogle Zoo is one of that 10%, which means that it is recognized as being one of the best zoos in the world. Hogle Zoo is also a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)