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Click on the highlighted dates to see what’s happening that day!

OCTOBER 2018

  SUN MON   TUE   WED   THU   FRI   SAT

 

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October 5, Friday (Opening Night)
6:30 – 9:30 PM 

  • KBULL Radio remote, 6 to 8 PM
  • Small Animal Presentations at the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Meet the zoo’s leading lover of all things creepy and crawly, Spiderella!
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Spooky Craft
  • Hang out with Kindermusik for some hands-on musical family fun
  • Special visit from Miss Utah, Jesse Craig
  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 6, Saturday 
6:30 – 9:30 PM 

  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza sampling
  • Small Animal Presentations at the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Meet the zoo’s leading lover of all things creepy and crawly, Spiderella!
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Hang out with Kindermusik for some hands-on musical family fun
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 11, Thursday
6:30 – 9:30 PM

  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza sampling
  • Special visit from Miss Utah, Jesse Craig
  • Small Animal Presentations at the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Meet the zoo’s leading lover of all things creepy and crawly, Spiderella!
  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 12, Friday
6:30 – 9:30 PM 

  • Small Animal Presentations at the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Meet the zoo’s leading lover of all things creepy and crawly, Spiderella!
  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 13, Saturday
6:30 – 9:30 PM

  • Drum Bus
  • Small Animal Presentations at the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Meet the zoo’s leading lover of all things creepy and crawly, Spiderella!
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 17, Wednesday 
6:30 – 9:30 PM 

  • Spooky children’s book reading, by local author Roni DaRonche in the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.
  • Ghostly Craft

October 18, Thursday
6:30 – 9:30 PM

  • KBULL & B98.7 Listener Appreciation Night.  Visit either website for a $5 off coupon!  This night only!
  • B98.7 Radio remote, 6 to 8 PM
  • Pet Smart booth
  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza sampling
  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • Spooky Book Reading in the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 19, Friday
6:30 – 9:30 PM

  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • Pet Smart booth
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 20, Saturday
6:30 – 9:30 PM

  • Drum Bus
  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza sampling
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Sparrow Electric booth
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 26, Friday (Final BooLights Night)
6:30 – 9:30 PM

  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • Drum Bus
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Burg Children’s Dentistry booth
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 27, Saturday
9 AM  – 2 PM 

 

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BooLights Calendar

Click on the highlighted dates to see what’s happening that day!

OCTOBER 2018

  SUN MON   TUE   WED   THU   FRI   SAT

 

___________________________________________________________________

October 5, Friday (Opening Night)
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

  • KBULL Radio remote, 6 to 8 PM
  • Small Animal Presentations at the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Meet the zoo’s leading lover of all things creepy and crawly, Spiderella!
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Spooky Craft
  • Hang out with Kindermusik for some hands-on musical family fun
  • Special visit from Miss Utah, Jesse Craig
  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 6, Saturday 
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza sampling
  • Small Animal Presentations at the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Meet the zoo’s leading lover of all things creepy and crawly, Spiderella!
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Hang out with Kindermusik for some hands-on musical family fun
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 11, Thursday
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza sampling
  • Special visit from Miss Utah, Jesse Craig
  • Small Animal Presentations at the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Meet the zoo’s leading lover of all things creepy and crawly, Spiderella!
  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 12, Friday
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

  • Small Animal Presentations at the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Meet the zoo’s leading lover of all things creepy and crawly, Spiderella!
  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 13, Saturday
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

  • Drum Bus
  • Small Animal Presentations at the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Meet the zoo’s leading lover of all things creepy and crawly, Spiderella!
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 17, Wednesday 
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

  • Spooky children’s book reading, by local author Roni DaRonche in the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.
  • Ghostly Craft

October 18, Thursday
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

  • KBULL & B98.7 Listener Appreciation Night.  Visit either website for a $5 off coupon!  This night only!
  • B98.7 Radio remote, 6 to 8 PM
  • Pet Smart booth
  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza sampling
  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • >Spooky Book Reading in the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 19, Friday
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • Pet Smart booth
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 20, Saturday
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

  • Drum Bus
  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza sampling
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Sparrow Electric booth
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 26, Friday (Final BooLights Night)
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • Drum Bus
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Burg Children’s Dentistry booth
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 27, Saturday
9 a.m.  – 2 p.m. 

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Red Panda Exhibit

After close to a decade, Utah’s Hogle Zoo has welcomed back the much-missed red panda. The ribbon cutting on the Zoo’s newest exhibit took place on May 2, 2018. This new exhibit, the Janet Quinney Lawson Red Panda Exhibit, was made possible by a generous donation by the Quinney Foundation as well as numerous donations from red panda lovers.

The Zoo is now home to a four year-old male and a seven year-old female that came from the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, AZ. the two pandas have acclimatized to their new exhibit which features close to 36-degree viewing: two areas for nose-to-nose encounters and views from the upper dining deck in Asian Highlands.  Their new home is also equipped with cooling spots and a recirculating water feature.

Red pandas are an endangered species native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. Often confused with a raccoon or fox, the red panda is mainly active at dawn and dusk, and mostly eats bamboo. Thick, red fur covers their entire body, including the soles fo their feet, to conserve body heat.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo works with the Red Panda Network to help save this species in the wild. The Zoo and Red Panda Network help train and equip Forest Guardians, protecting native habitats from logging and deforestation. www.redpandanetwork.org.

Zoo Brew

See the Zoo in a way that’s hard to imagine – with no strollers!


Join us for Zoo Brew and roam with drink in hand at this fun after-hours event especially designed for adults. The Zoo transforms into a peaceful oasis on summer nights, perfect for photographers, girls night out, and romantic dates! You won’t want to miss seeing the Zoo and its animals in the summer evening hours.

Plus, we’re drinking for a good cause!!

Proceeds from Zoo Brew go directly toward conservation. What could be better?  An adult beverage AND making a meaningful difference in saving endangered animals!

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Ticket Price: $16.95 (admission only)
21 and older only (Valid ID Required)

There are limited number of tickets available for Zoo Brew so buy early!

Zoo Members Receive a $2 Discount!

  • $5 drink tickets good for beer or wine
  • Dinner and snack options available for purchase
  • Perfect for a date night!

Plan on attending any or all of our Zoo Brew events in 2018

Monies raised will support the Zoo’s conservation efforts. Bottoms up – we’re toasting to:

  • May 16 – Red Panda SOLD OUT
  • June 6 – Grizzly Bear
  • June 27 – Orangutan SOLD OUT
  • July 18 – Aldabra Tortoise
  • August 15 – Rhino
  • September 19 – Zebra
  • October 10 – Snow Leopard BREW LIGHTS! SOLD OUT

Call our Events Hotline for more information 801.584.1750.

Thanks to our Zoo Brew Sponsors:

Retirement Announced

Salt Lake City, UT (July 11, 2017) –
After 20 years at the helm of Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Craig Dinsmore, President and CEO has announced plans to retire in early October, 2017.
Dinsmore’s tenure at Hogle Zoo is marked by $72 million worth of upgrades including new exhibits – Elephant Encounter, Asian Highlands, Rocky Shores and, in 2014, African Savanna as well as a new animal hospital.
The Zoo has grown from 750,000 visitors annually during Dinsmore’s first year to over 1.1 million visitors today, and is Salt Lake City’s most-visited, paid, attraction.
“I look back on my 20 years as Director of Utah’s Hogle Zoo with both pride and gratitude,” Dinsmore said. “Our progress has been a product of a great team united in the pursuit of excellence, and a supportive community which has generously supported our growth and improvements. Whether that support came at our gate through our 1.1 million+ annual guests; public tax support through bonds and the Zoo, Arts, and Parks (ZAP) tax; or our thousands of members and donors; the result has been a resounding message: that having a high-quality zoo is important to the vitality of a community.”

Dinsmore’s contribution to the zoo community has stretched beyond the Zoo’s 42 acres. Nationally, he served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and on the AZA Accreditation Commission which promotes the highest standards for all AZA member institutions.
“All modern Zoos have an important role to play for the future of wildlife and nature, both locally and worldwide,” Dinsmore said. “Endangered species are vanishing at an alarming rate. People, especially children, are engrossed in their handheld technologies, becoming disconnected from nature. Zoos provide that link to nature, wildlife and wild places, and can be a catalyst for action to save species.”

Dinsmore, 66, came to Hogle Zoo in 1997 after serving in leadership positions at both Topeka Zoo and Audubon Zoo before making his way out west. The Colorado native is looking forward to new life adventures after his 42-year career in zoos.

“When I first met Craig some 20 years ago, I became most impressed with his vision of what he believed Hogle Zoo could become,” said James E. Hogle, Jr., Chair Emeritus. “For the years that followed, Craig never wavered from bringing his wonderful vision. Today’s highly regarded Zoo reflects much of what he hoped and planned. We will all greatly miss Craig, his dedicated leadership, wisdom, wit, and especially for me, his friendship.”
Paul Dougan, Hogle Zoo Board Chair adds, “On a personal and professional level, Craig will be sorely missed but he leaves us in a very stable and enviable position,” he said. “Our financial health is sound, operations run with flawless precision and our second Master Plan, which will be our road map through 2030, is nearly complete.”
“Over my career in business and service with other nonprofits, I have never worked with a better manager than Craig,” Dougan said. “He has a unique combination of technical and practical knowledge of the Zoo world and the people skills to both manage and develop a wonderful staff, and to work seamlessly with our Board and officers.”

Hogle Zoo has begun the search for a new President and CEO and expects that process to be complete by the time Dinsmore retires in October.
In announcing his retirement to staff, Dinsmore said “As you go forward, never forget how important each of you is to the Zoo’s success and remember also that you work you do makes a difference: for a guest, for our animals and for each other.”
Dinsmore is working with the Board and senior staff is setting the stage for a smooth transition of leadership. “We will all be working to guarantee that the success of the past years continues long into the future.”

Volunteer Coordinator

Current Job Opening Details

For general information about employment opportunities at Hogle Zoo, please call Human Resources at  (801) 584-4510.

Department: CREATIVE SERVICES

Status: Full-time with benefits

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is announcing the opening of a full-time Volunteer Coordinator in the Creative Services Department. The Volunteer Coordinator supervises and provides direction, coordination and consultation for all volunteer functions within the Zoo.  Recruits, orients and coordinates all volunteer activities. This position reports to the Visitor Experiences Manager.

Duties  and Responsibilities include:

  • Assess and meet the Zoo’s needs through the recruitment, placement and retention of volunteers
  • Conduct and/or arrange for volunteer orientation and training
  • Identify and resolve a variety of situations as they pertain to volunteers
  • Provide ongoing support and guidance for volunteers
  • Act as a single point of contact for communications
  • Confer with volunteers to resolve grievances and promote cooperation
  • Responsible for volunteer recognition and incentive programs
  • Responsible for data entry and management of records using Volgistics software
  • Evaluate all aspects of volunteer programs to ensure effectiveness and to recommend/implement changes as appropriate
  • Assist in development and tracking of volunteer budget
  • Facilitate distribution of information relevant to volunteers

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • B.A. or B.S. degree; science, education or human resources background preferred
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude in stressful situations
  • Ability to work well with a diverse group of staff and volunteers’
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Animal handling/training experience desired
  • Two to four years minimum experience working with volunteers
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Knowledge of training and/or education processes desired
  • Ability to work weekends and events as required
  • Continuing education classes regarding volunteer program administration desired
  • Proof of negative TB screening prior to placement t and annually thereafter required

To Apply:

Anyone interested should  e-mail a cover letter and resume to Rebekah Egbert, by June 5, 2017.  Utah’s Hogle Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Contact Human Resources:

Anna Fredrickson,  (801) 584-4510

BACK TO JOB OPENINGS

New Otter on Exhibit

Meet Howard, the Zoo’s newest North American River Otter.  Howard was born March 11, 2016 at the NEW Zoo and was brought to Hogle Zoo as part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) in 2017.  He can now be seen on exhibit with one or the other of our female otters, as the two females do not get along with each other.  It may be a few years, but it is hoped that at some point he and Nessie (our younger female), will be able to produce offspring.

Learn more about our River Otters.

Polar Bear Announcement

SALT LAKE CITY / PORTLAND / TOLEDO (May 24) – Utah’s Hogle Zoo is excited to announce the addition of not one, but TWO polar bears making their way to Salt Lake City this fall!

Meet Nora and Hope – two unrelated polar bears, both roughly 1 1/2 years old, who will soon swim together in Rocky Shores. This after the Zoo lost beloved polar bear, Rizzo, to kidney failure, in April. “Saving polar bears is a huge commitment our Zoo is making,” said Liz Larsen, Director of Conservation. “We’re so excited that we have this opportunity to demonstrate our leadership in polar bear conservation with these cubs.”

 

1 1/2 year-old Nora, from Oregon Zoo

1 1/2 year-old Hope, from Toledo Zoo

Nora was born at Columbus Zoo Nov. 6, 2015. Her mother began leaving her unattended in the den for prolonged periods of time. Keepers made the difficult decision to hand-rear the tiny cub. She was sent to Oregon Zoo last September, in the hopes she might be mentored by a senior bear. “For a young bear that was hand-raised, the companionship of another bear is so important for developing socials skills,” said Amy Cutting, who oversees the Oregon Zoo’s marine life area. Sadly, Oregon Zoo lost their senior bear shortly after Nora arrived.

“From the time she was a week old, Nora has interacted almost exclusively with people,” Cutting said. “Hope should be a great companion for her. The two bears were born less than a month apart and they have a similar youthful energy.”

  
Nora has already achieved worldwide fame as a video of her playing in a pool of ice reached nearly 50 million views on Oregon Zoo’s Facebook page.

Hope, named after Point Hope, Alaska, as well as a nod to the optimism for the future of the endangered species, was born at Toledo Zoo on December 3, 2015. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Species Survival Plan (SSP) recommended Hope’s transfer this fall. The SSP prioritizes putting young animals together at the point where they are mature enough to leave their mothers. In the wild, young bears separate from their mothers around age two and may band together to survive the harsh conditions in the Arctic.
“In her almost two years, Hope has been a great ambassador for her endangered species and become much beloved by the Toledo Zoo community,” said Shayla Moriarty, Toledo Zoo’s director of communication.           

Hope with mom, Crystal

The polar bear is among Hogle Zoo’s Big 6 Conservation Species – six species receiving the focus of the Zoo’s conservation efforts. “As one of our signature programs we concentrate our financial and staffing resources to try to save this particular species,” said Liz Larsen. “Our leadership in the zoo community toward conservation has helped secure us as a flagship institution for such a high profile species as polar bears.”Hogle Zoo has a long history of caring for polar bears – offering a home to the species from 1957 – 2003, during which time Hogle Zoo produced 10 offspring. The opening of Rocky Shores, in 2012, saw the much anticipated return of the polar bear after a nine year absence. Designed to be a long-term breeding and conservation facility Hogle Zoo hopes to contribute to the study and science of polar bears for years to come.

Hogle Zoo will send Rocky Shores keepers to each sister zoo to spend time with both bears before they transfer to Salt Lake. Keepers from Oregon and Toledo will also make the trek to Hogle Zoo to ensure a smooth transition.
VIDEO LINK OF NORA: B-roll, courtesy Oregon Zoo (early parts courtesy of the Columbus Zoo):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/76aowustrhy7e73/05-17-2017BestofNora.mov?dl=0
VIDEO LINK OF HOPE: B-roll, courtesy Toledo Zoo
https://youtu.be/4sTvHYhczR4

Baby Amur Leopard Cubs!

Hogle Zoo is thrilled to contribute to the population of this critically endangered species. Experts estimate only 60 leopards remain in the wild.

Rafferty (one who possess prosperity) and Roman (Strong, powerful) were born February 17. They’ve been bonding with mom and learning the basics of climbing and jumping.

Mom, Zeya, is doing a great job – she’s nurturing and fiercely protective. Both little guys have white toes on their front feet. The Zoo’s adult male Amur leopard, Dimitri, is their father, but will play no role in their rearing, as would be the case in the wild.

Rafferty and Roman clocked in at 12 and 13 pounds in early May and now can be viewed out in their Asian Highlands exhibit with mom!

Learn more about Amur Leopards.

Baby Zebra Born!

We are pleased to introduce our new baby zebra!  Born April 11, this striped gal as been bonding with mom, Zoey.  Yet to be named, she weighed 87 pounds at birth and is the first Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra ever born at Utah’s Hogle Zoo.  Keepers report the baby is doing great and has one speed: running! Mom and baby will be out in the “Flex Yard,” adjoining the Savanna exhibit for a limited time each day until the baby becomes adjusted to the other animals on the Savanna Exhibit.

Learn more about Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras.