Rocky Shores is an extensive multi-animal habitat featuring bears, sea lions, seals and otters. You will see up-close, underwater viewing of the animals as they swim through crystal blue water, as well as unprecedented views from ground level in a habitat depicting the physical, cultural and social landscape of the western shores of North America.
Rocky Shores has become the “signature facility” for the Zoo, designed to dramatically impact and alter visitor perceptions. Guests experience unprecedented environmental immersion through realistic, cutting-edge habitat design. Educational information about the animals what they eat, their behaviors and instincts, and their future survival will be presented through interactive technology and innovative educational programs.
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Rocky Shores is the largest exhibit ever created at Utah's Hogle Zoo, and is a major step in its transformation to a 21st century zoo. The opening of Rocky Shores also marked the much-anticipated return of polar bears, in a habitat that surpasses guests' expectations!
The highest quality of care for captive wild animals is a hallmark of Zoo leadership, which we will continue to demonstrate with Rocky Shores. Construction of state-of-the-art animal habitats, such as Elephant Encounter and Asian Highlands, along with the new L.S. Skaggs Animal Health Center, supports our ongoing commitment to the very best animal care. Up next for the Zoo will be the new Africa Savanna exhibit slated to open in 2014 and will feature giraffes, zebra, ostrich, gazelles and the return of lions to the Zoo's collection. If you'd like to help bring lions back to Hogle Zoo, click here.
To view the latest schematic design for our new African Savanna exhibit, click here. All designs and drawings are preliminary and subject to change.