Giraffe Baby

The young
female hit the ground – literally – Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1:18p. Giraffes face up
to a 4-foot fall when they’re born! The little pile of limbs was immediately
cleaned up by mama, 9 year old Kipenzi, and was standing up attempting to nurse
within the hour.
 
"It’s
very exciting to have any birth here, but especially giraffes," said
animal care supervisor Jane Larson. "They’re such large animals. It’s so
fascinating to see this long-legged creature come out of the giraffe’s womb
then they have such a long drop. It’s very exciting – we’re thrilled!"
 
Riley,
the father, was sent to the Oregon Zoo a few months ago due to limited space
while construction begins for the African Savanna. Riley will return to Utah’s
Hogle Zoo upon completion of the savanna in the spring of 2014.
 
Hogle Zoo
has displayed giraffes since 1969, and is proud of the history of 16 successful
giraffe births over that time period.
 
Mom and
baby are doing great. They’ve been spending the last week bonding but are ready
to greet zoo guests. As of today, Wednesday Oct. 3, both mom and baby are now
on exhibit in the giraffe yard, along with two other giraffes. 
 
Learn more about our giraffes here.

 

Black-footed Cat

A rare black-footed cat born at Hogle Zoo on February 20, 2012. Black-footed cats are the most rare and secretive African cat species. Right now there are only about 75 of these cats in zoos worldwide, with just over 20 in nine AZA zoos in the U.S. This birth is an important milestone for the Zoo and for the black-footed cat species.
 
This new arrival is now on display with its parents in the Small Animals Building.
 
Read more about the Black-footed Cat.

Public Board Meeting at Utah’s Hogle Zoo

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 17) – Utah’s Hogle Zoo will hold their regular board meeting on Monday Aug. 22, at 3:00 pm in the EdZoocation Station.
 
This meeting is open to the public. Any members of the public or media wishing to speak on a topic must be present and signed in at the start of the meeting.
 
For more information contact Hogle Zoo Community Relation’s Coordinator Lindsey Sine at lsine@hoglezoo.org or 801-584-1729
 
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of only 223 accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).  Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.  AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.

Hogle Zoo Opens After Hours For Wine and Beer Tasting

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 2) – Hogle Zoo is opening up after hours this August especially for adults with its Wild About Wine and Zoo Pub events, featuring either wine or ale tasting on the first three Wednesdays of the month. It all kicks off with Wild About Wine on Aug. 3 and 17 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
 
Guests will arrive at the Asian Highlands dining area where they can enjoy a selection of eight wines that are available in Utah liquor stores, as well as chat with a local wine expert who will be on hand to answer any and all wine questions.
 
Tickets to the event also include food. Hogle Zoo will also host a special night featuring local company Epic Brewery. Epic Brewmaster Kevin Crompton will be on hand to answer beer related as guests test Epic beers and eat appetizers.
 
Tickets for both Wild about Wine and Zoo Pub are available at www.hoglezoo.org and include a designated driver option for those people who wish to attend Wild about Wine or Zoo Pub but do not wish to drink. The ticket will include admission into the park, food and some non alcoholic drinks for the evening. The price is $25. The Designated Driver must be 21+ and have valid I.D.
 
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of only 223 accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.

Hogle Zoo Orangutan to Undergo Cancer Removal Surgery

SALT LAKE CITY (July 22) – Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s male orangutan will undergo an operation on Tuesday, July 26, to remove tissue in an area of his breast that previously contained a cancerous mass. The operation, which will be performed on Zoo grounds at the L.S. Skaggs Animal Health Center, is a follow up to the Orangutan’s initial mass removal.
 
Media is invited to attend this exclusive procedure Tuesday, July 26 beginning promptly at 9 a.m. and last a period of 20 minutes at Hogle Zoo’s L.S. Skaggs Animal Health Center.
 
Hogle Zoo Associate Director-Animal Health Dr. Nancy Carpenter and Associate Veterinarian Dr. Erika Travis will team up with Dr. Leigh Neumayer, a surgeon specializing in breast disease from the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute, to perform the procedure. Dr. Neumayer is a professor of surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine, as well as a member of the multidisciplinary team treating breast cancer at Huntsman Cancer Institute.
 
As part of a routine exam in May a mass was removed from the breast area of the orangutan’s skin. Histopathology results showed that the mass was, in fact, mammary gland adenocarcinoma, or what is commonly referred to as a form of breast cancer.
 
Though the mass had been removed successfully, the orangutan was taken for a CT scan to the University of Utah Hospital. Following a review of the scan Dr. Neumayer recommended another surgery to remove additional tissue in the previously excised area, as well as an ellipse of skin.
 
Through research, the medical team at Hogle Zoo has yet to come across record of this type of breast cancer in any of the Great Ape species, male or female. According to the American Cancer Society, human males have a 1 in 1,000 risk of breast cancer.
 
During the procedure, Hogle Zoo’s orangutan will be anesthetized and the veterinary team will monitor the animal’s anesthesia levels and vital signs throughout the surgery.
 
Media planning to attend are asked to RSVP with Hogle Zoo Community Relations Coordinator Lindsey Sine by email at lsine@hoglezoo.org call (435) 602-9702 or (801) 584-1729.
 
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of only 223 accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.
 

Dari Turns 51 at Hogle Zoo Saturday

SALT LAKE CITY (June 22) – Dari, North America’s oldest African elephant in an accredited zoo, is turning 51 and it’s time to celebrate! Utah’s Hogle Zoo will be celebrating this special lady’s special day Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and everyone is invited to join in on the fun!
 
A groovy 60s themed party will be rocking at Elephant Encounter to commemorate not only the year of Dari’s birth (1960) but also the year she arrived at Hogle Zoo (1967). At 10:30 a.m., Hogle Zoo elephant keepers will be giving a tasty birthday "cake" to Dari, and while she’s digging into that, the first 1,000 people to wish Dari a "happy birthday" at Elephant Encounter will receive a free slice of pie in Oasis Plaza, courtesy of Village Inn.
 
Also in Oasis Plaza will be giant birthday cards that guests can sign for the birthday girl, as well as crafts for the kids, and fun activities for the whole family including a dancing station set up by Play N Trade games.
 
Born in 1960, Dari arrived at Hogle Zoo in 1967. For the next 42 and 1/2 years, she has delighted several generations of Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s families while helping the Animal Care Staff teach about the importance of elephant conservation. Although the poaching of elephants for their ivory has declined since the 1989 "ivory ban", it remains a widespread problem in west and central Africa. A more long-term threat to the species, however, is the loss of habitat available to elephants in the face of expanding human populations.
 
At Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s Elephant Encounter, people can learn about African elephants, their plight in the wild, and how decreasing populations can be helped.
 
Utah’s Hogle Zoo will also be celebrating some of our oldest Zoo residents Kronk and Yzma the Aldabra tortoises at 11 a.m. in the kangaroo yard on the east side of the Small Animal Building.
 
So, join Utah’s Hogle Zoo and celebrate the birthday fun on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.!
 
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of only 223 accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.