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 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.
 

Public Board Meeting at Utah’s Hogle Zoo

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 18) – Utah’s Hogle Zoo will hold their regular board meeting on Monday June 20, 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 Presents Lecture on Polar Bear Conservation Friday

SALT LAKE CITY (June 13) – Polar bear conservation will be front and center Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m. during "Plight of the Polar Bears," a lecture at the main branch of the Salt Lake City Library, hosted by Utah’s Hogle Zoo and presented by Polar Bears International.
 
PBI President and CEO Robert Buchanan and Brigham Young University’s Dr. Tom S. Smith will be present at the event, which will feature a lecture by Smith on climate change and its effect on the world’s polar bear population. Buchanan will follow the lecture up with a question and answer session with those in attendance.
 
With less than a year to go before the opening of its Rocky Shores exhibit, Hogle Zoo, which is recognized as a PBI Arctic Ambassador zoo, is working to engage Utahns of all ages and educate them about some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. "Plight of the Polar Bears" is just one of many ways Utahns can learn about the effects climate change has on polar bears, and what they can do to help.
 
After many trips to the Far North where he developed a passion for polar bears, Buchanan joined PBI’s board of directors in 2000 and became president and CEO of both PBI USA and Canada. His vision is to help the world understand the importance of the arctic ecosystems and to inspire individuals to take urgent action toward conserving the planet.
 
Smith is an associate professor and research wildlife biologist in the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences at Brigham Young University. His work over the past 20 years has been mainly focused on North American bear conservation and conflict management. His current studies with polar bears focus on den emergence ecology and response to human activities on the North Slope of Alaska.
 
The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.hoglezoo.org
 
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.