Category Archives: News: New To Our Collection

Baby Zebra Born

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is pleased to introduce our new baby zebra! Born June 2, the striped gal has been bonding with mom, Ziva.

Yet to be named, she weighs roughly 74 pounds and is the second Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra ever born at Utah’s Hogle Zoo (there were Grevy’s Zebra born at the Zoo in the ’80s).
The first Hartmann’s for Hogle Zoo was last year when baby Poppy burst on the scene, born to mom Zoey. Ziggy, father to both babies is doing well and remains mostly unconcerned with what’s happening.

Baby is doing great, nursing regularly, working on her kicks and mama is proving to be a wonderful first-time mom.

It’s Red Panda Time

Hogle Zoo Announces Exciting News!

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 7) – Utah’s Hogle Zoo is excited to announce the addition of not one, but two red pandas making their way to Salt Lake City this spring! The Janet Q. Lawson Red Panda exhibit is named after long-time Zoo board member and generous donor to the Zoo. The 3 1/2 year-old male and the seven year-old female will make Hogle Zoo their permanent home once the exhibit opens. Currently at Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, AZ, the two are already familiar with each other and get along great. Everyone wants to know: Will there be babies? Yes – it’s hopeful, eventually.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is partnering with the Red Panda Network – hard at work saving this beautiful species in its native habitat. Numbers of red pandas in the wild are estimated to be fewer than 25,000 due, primarily, to loss of habitat and the illegal pet trade. Learn more about Red Pandas.

The Zoo is proud to bring back this photogenic species after a 10 year hiatus and eager to connect Utah to their friends in the far reaches of the Himalayas.

Facts about Red Pandas:

  • -Red Pandas are sometimes called “Firefox” or “lesser pandas”
  • -Red Pandas live in the mountainous areas of Nepal and southwestern China.
  • -Red Panda diet consists mostly of bamboo.
  • -Red Panda gestation is roughly 4 1/2 months and litters are typically two cubs.
  • -Red Pandas have thick fur over their entire body, even the soles of their feet to conserve body heat.

Every time you visit the Zoo, you are helping animals in the wild. 

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.

Meet Diego

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is pleased to introduce full-grown male sea lion, Diego!

12 year-old Diego arrived in January from Indianapolis Zoo and has been getting acquainted with his keepers, his pool and his fellow pinnipeds (Maverick, the other sea lion, and the three harbor seals).

“We could not be more pleased with Diego’s calm, agreeable disposition, or how well he’s adjusted to his new home,” said Rocky Shores keeper, Michelle Hanenburg.

Diego is an impressive 667 pounds (compared to Maverick at 480 pounds) and came to Hogle Zoo with more than 50 learned ‘behaviors,’ including: a front flipper stand, smiling and doing the boogie!

Chinese Goral

We received our two male Chinese goral from the Lee Richardson zoo (Kansas) to join the four male markhor in the large rugged exhibits south of Asian Highlands. This is the first time this species has been exhibited at Utah’s Hogle Zoo.

Markhor Goats

Four male Turkmenian Markhor goats arrived at Hogle Zoo on May 12, 2015 from the Bronx Zoo.  After a short stay in the Zoo’s hospital, the year-old goats were moved to their new home along the Zoo’s south pathway just past Asian Highlands.  In the wild, these nimble goats are prey species of Amur leopard, snow leopard and Amur tigers.

Learn more about Markhors.

Lions Return to the Zoo

With the opening of African Savanna in 2014, the Zoo brought in two male and two female African lions. The two female sisters, Seyla and Nabu were born in 2012 and came from the Woodland Park Zoo in Washington. The two male brothers, Vulcan and Baron were born in 2011 at the Birmingham Zoo in Alabama.

The Zoo has not had lions for nearly 10 years, so were excited to be bringing back the King of Beasts as part of the Zoo’s newest and largest exhibit.  The males and females will be introduced eventually and as part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) they will be allowed to breed and hopefully produce offspring that will help contribute to the long-term survival of this majestic species.

BoyLionsUntil they are introduced, the males and females will divide their time in their main exhibit, Lion’s Hill,  and their off-exhibit area. Lion’s Hill features heated concrete areas, cool grottos, and atop the hill, perfect rock perches where guests will be able to get amazing photos through floor-to-ceiling windows.  Guests will be nose-to-nose with the piercing golden eyes of the predators with the Wasatch mountains serving as a picturesque backdrop.

Learn more about lions.