(Salt Lake City, UT) – Some people have irrational fears of the dark. Different people are terrified by clowns. Still other people are frightened by creepy creatures that seem to have no other purpose on this earth than to scare us silly. In this summer’s Nature’s Nightmares exhibit, Hogle Zoo hopes to lessen some common fears people have of eerie animals and show guests (in the immortal words of our 37th President of the United States), “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Nature’s Nightmares opens to the public on Saturday May 15.

Nature’s Nightmares transforms Hogle Zoo’s Tropical Gardens building into a haven for the ugly, creepy and crawly. This exhibit features brightly-colored (and definitely not pretty) King Vultures and an awesome sight of over fifty free-flying Straw-Colored Fruit Bats right overhead! Other animals included in this exhibit are red-bellied piranha, a skunk, mosquito larvae, leeches, dung beetles, bees, centipedes and even a giant Goliath Bird-eating Spider! Finally, Nature’s Nightmares features a section depicting the scariest, most harmful creatures on the planet—humans! With this, visitors will learn about how destructive humans are to the environment while explaining how to change habits to better the planet.

One thing’s for sure, even scary animals are all good, and a trip through Nature’s Nightmares this summer will show everyone not to fear those things that creep in the night. Sweet dreams!

For downloadable digital media kit, visit Hogle Zoo online at or for more information, contact Brad Parkin by email at or call (801) 584-1749.

About the Association of Zoos & Aquariums: Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of only 221 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos & 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

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