Hogle Zoo Kicks Off 2011 Events

SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 22) – Hogle Zoo guests can expect year-round fun beginning this weekend, and extending all the way through New Year’s Eve. Event after event are designed to educate while providing a ton of fun.

This Saturday the event season kicks off with Cats and Cocoa. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. guests are invited for free hot chocolate and pine cone birdfeeder crafts. Then, at 11:30 a.m. visitors will be able to see a special cat training presentation from a Zoo keeper who will talk about what makes the leopards, tigers and lynx in Asian Highlands so special at this time of year.

In February there’s a special day for the Batman and Superman in your house as Hogle Zoo presents Zooperhero Day. On Feb. 26 people are invited to dress as their favorite superhero and head to the Zoo to learn about some animals with real-life superpowers. Flying, night vision, incredible speed, invincible body armor, and more are used by animals every day. The event starts at 10 a.m. and donning superhero garb will earn guests $1 off a child’s admission ticket.

In March, Maxed Out Puppetry will be at the Zoo for a special ticketed-only event called Fairy Tales. Kids of all ages will see a "Fairy Tail" puppet shows in the EdZOOcation Station at 10 and 11:30 a.m., followed by the chance to see some of the Zoo’s smaller animals up-close and personal. A fairy tails craft will also be part of the fun, and children are encouraged to dress up in their favorite “fairy tail” costumes.

The Easter Bunny will be on grounds for a very special event on April 23. Hogle Zoo is hosting Breakfast and Brunch with the Bunny in honor of the Easter holiday. This is a separate ticketed event that includes a hot buffet breakfast, a fun craft for the kids, and a visit from some of the Zoo’s smaller, furry, spring-time animals. For information on pricing and times visit hoglezoo.org.

Also in April, Hogle Zoo is taking part in a nationwide Earth Day celebration called Party for the Planet! The Association of Zoos & Aquariums is uniting its members on April 30 for a celebration of Earth that includes animal enrichment, presentations, and informative booths where people can learn about all the small things they can do to improve the planet.

Hogle Zoo will be celebrating military personnel throughout the year, starting May 21 during Salute Our Military Day. The day will include a flag raising ceremony, color guard, and a marching band performance. Additionally, a variety of vehicles, equipment, and displays from every branch of the military will be on grounds. All military personnel, veterans and their immediate family (spouse and any children 18 and under) will receive free admission to the Zoo, with a current military or veteran ID. The free admission will continue during Hogle Zoo’s Military Appreciation Days on July 4 and Nov. 11.

On June 11 Hogle Zoo is teaming up with various local and national wildlife groups and agencies to help our guests learn about predators found in Utah and the surrounding areas during Predator Awareness Day. Guests will be able to meet Zoo keepers and learn about tips when encountering predatory animals, as well as check out some of Hogle Zoo’s predators as they interact with special enrichment items.

When the Utah summer really starts to get hot, Hogle Zoo’s animals will be chilling out during Ice Block Day on July 9. On one of the hottest days of the year animals will get their favorite frozen treats that range from food frozen in ice pops to giant 300 lb ice blocks. The icy treats aren’t just for the animals, though, as SnoCones will be on sale for 75 cents at the Oasis Grill.

In August, kids have the chance to head to the Zoo with one of their oldest friends during the Teddy Bear Picnic. Kids who bring their teddy bear will get a $2 off admission to the Zoo on Aug. 6, and starting at 10 a.m. they will be able to get a Utah’s Hogle Zoo ribbon for their bear, make crafts and get scrapbook ideas from local scrapbook stores. Children can also stop by the bear health station and have Zoo veterinary staff give their teddy bear a check-up.

During the fall, visitors can look for our annual Safety Safari on Sept. 17. Then, just around the corner in October is Boo at the Zoo! On Oct. 29 kids 12 and younger can visit the Zoo in costume to trick-or-treat at over 20 candy stations while checking in on all their favorite animal pals.

In November, the Thanksgiving tradition everyone is talking about continues with Feast with the Beast. Families can put the turkey in the oven, than head over to Hogle Zoo to see animals receiving their special Thanksgiving treats on Nov. 24.

Wrapping up things for 2011 in a bright way is ZooLights! Opening Dec. 3, the largest animated light display in the state of Utah will thrill people nightly throughout the month. Over 1 million lights go into the sparkling display that stretches throughout Zoo grounds. Adding to the fun is the presence of Santa and his reindeer, who march through the Main Plaza nightly during the reindeer parade as they make their way to Santa’s Station to take Christmas lists from good little girls and boys.

The fun is year round, and there’s something for everyone! For a listing of even MORE events, as well as information on hours and purchasing tickets online, visit www.hoglezoo.org.