Lake City, UT) – There were a number of highlights for Hogle Zoo in 2008– a
new Conservation Carousel, return of a rare white alligator and the passing of
a Salt Lake County bond initiative with 72% public support. Now it looks like
Hogle Zoo has set record attendance for a third year. The final number at the
end of the 2008 is 995,688; the largest ever in the Zoo’s 78-year history. This
number beats last year’s total record attendance of 954,551.


Hogle Zoo Executive Director Craig Dinsmore is
excited that more people are experiencing The New Hogle Zoo. Dinsmore
says, "The recent improvements we have made in the zoo, such as Asian
Highlands and ZooLights! have been embraced by the community. I think
this will be even more evident as families look for affordable recreation and
activities in this challenging economy."


Dinsmore is also encouraged by the high approval the
"Renew the Zoo" proposition received in the November election. He
feels such impressive support of the initiative indicates that the community
wants to see the zoo continue to improve. Also, Hogle Zoo is diligently working
to raise the matching funds required to access the bonds and continue making

Adding to the record attendance,
Hogle Zoo’s second year of ZooLights! for the holidays drew crowds with
over a million lights and nearly 200 animated animal sculptures, and almost
doubled 2007’s visitors. ZooLights! has already quickly become a Utah
family annual tradition,  aided by the
fact Hogle Zoo is a year-round attraction.


Visit Hogle Zoo online at www.hoglezoo.org or for more information
contact Community Relations Coordinator Holly Braithwaite by email at hbraithwaite@hoglezoo.org or call
(801) 584-1729.

About the
Association of Zoos and Aquariums:

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of
only 218 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and 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.


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