Wildlife Connections

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  Join us for one of our up-close and personal Wildlife Connections and 100% of the money raised will go directly to help save wildlife in their native habitats.

Want to have a one-on-one experience with one of the Zoo’s exciting animals and their keeper, and at the same time help save animals in the wild? Our Wildlife Connections program is the answer. One of our expert Utah’s Hogle Zoo keepers will be your personal guide as they give you an insider’s look at the Zoo and share their passion for the animals in their care. Listen to stories of the animals’ antics and personality quirks that will open your eyes to what it takes to care for this wild menagerie. Please see Rules and Limitations below.

Cost DOES NOT include Zoo admission!

Check out our new Wildlife Connections!

Space is limited so make your reservation today online or by visiting our Member and Guest Services office.


Purchase a Rhino Feeding >>
Come meet our white rhinos for an up-close and personal encounter. This is for up to six people and includes feeding a snack to the second largest land mammal on earth! You will learn about rhinos and the conservation efforts being made by Hogle Zoo to help save this amazing species in the wild. 

$129.00 per group

  • *Maximum 6 people per group
  • Located in designated area of outdoor yard
  • One-on-one with Rhino Keeper
  • Seasonal – April through October and weather dependent
  • Available 7 days a week at 2:00 p.m.
  • Minimum age: 6 (children 6-9 need to be accompanied by an adult – accompanying adult is not part of the encounter unless paid for)
  • Funds raised go to International Rhino Foundation


Purchase an Enriching Great Ape Experience >>
Help the Great Ape keepers deliver daily enrichment to the gorillas OR orangutans! Learn about our Great Apes and all the fun and creative activities keepers provide for these intelligent animals to encourage their natural behaviors. Then you can help toss these goodies to the gorillas or orangutans in their outdoor habitat and make their day! Learn more about what you can do to help save gorillas or orangutans in the wild! Please note that for the safety of the animals, guests will be asked to wear gloves and a mask when in contact with their food.

$129.00 per group

  • *Maximum 6 people per group
  • Located in the outdoor exhibits of the Great Ape Building
  • One-on-one with Great Ape Keeper(s)
  • Seasonal – April through October and weather dependent
  • Available Sundays – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Minimum age: none
  • Funds go to the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center.


Available November – May 2nd

Purchase an Indoor Giraffe Feeding experience >>
Come meet our giraffe in their indoor barn. This is for up to ten people and includes feeding a snack to the “supermodels of the savanna”! You will learn about fun giraffe facts, animal training and the conservation efforts being made by Hogle Zoo to help save this amazing species in the wild.  

$14.95 per person

  • *Maximum 15 people per group
  • Located inside the Giraffe Barn
  • One-on-one with Giraffe Keeper
  • Seasonal – November through May 2nd
  • Available Daily at 2:30 p.m.
  • All children need to be accompanied by an adult – accompanying adult is not part of the encounter unless paid for)


Purchase an Orangutan Training Experience >>
Meet the orangutans and learn more about them firsthand from the keepers that care for these intelligent and charismatic animals. You’ll have the opportunity to observe an exclusive morning training session before the Great Apes building opens that few get to experience and learn more about what you can do to help save orangutans in the wild! Please note for the safety of our animals, guests will not have direct contact with the orangutans but rather get a closer 1 on 1 look with exclusive interactions.

$129.00 per group

  • *Maximum 10 people per group
  • Located at the Orangutan Exhibit in the Great Ape Building
  • One-on-one with Great Ape Keeper(s)
  • Year-round
  • Available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • 9:00 a.m.(March – October) or 9:45 a.m. (November – February)
  • Minimum age: none
  • Funds go to the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Program


Purchase a Tortoise Feeding >>
Meet our ancient giants of Aldabra as well as their cousins, the Radiated Tortoise from Madagascar! See, feed, and touch one of the world’s largest living tortoise species in one of the few Wildlife Connections that allow guests to actually enter the animals’ zoo habitat. You’ll be able to visit with our resident tortoises and feed them a meal of fresh fruit and veggies. Keepers will talk about each tortoise, what Hogle Zoo is doing to save tortoises in the wild and how you can help!

$129.00 per group

  • *Maximum 5 people per group
  • Located in the Rainforest exhibit of the Small Animal Building (winter), or in the outdoor tortoise yard (summer)
  • One-on-one with Reptile Keeper
  • Year-round
  • Available Saturday’s only at 11:30 a.m.
  • Minimum age: 5 (children 5-9 need to be accompanied by an adult – accompanying adult is not part of the encounter unless paid for)
  • Funds go to Hogle Zoo’s own Radiated Tortoise – Madagascar Program


Purchase an Animal Engagement Opportunity >> 
This is the most important moment in your life. You love them. You want to spend the rest of your life with them. You have the ring in hand, but now…. how to ask? You want it to be special and perfect! Are they an animal lover? How about a totally zoo-nique engagement idea?!

$300.00 per couple (or $400 which include a special pair of one-of-a-kind animal painted wine glasses)

  • *This experience is limited to the happy couple (You are welcome to invite family and friends as additional paying guests. Please plan to provide your own photographer to capture this exciting moment!)
  • Feel free to contact us by email for more details
  • Year-round and weather dependent
  • Available Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays at 1:30 p.m.
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Funds go to the International Elephant Foundation


Rules and Regulations

  • Utah’s Hogle Zoo reserves the right to cancel any Encounter without prior notice and animal participation cannot be guaranteed
  • Cost does not include Zoo Admission
  • Connections are limited to available dates and times
  • All Connections start at Member & Guest Service Office
  • Service animals cannot be accommodated during the Connection
  • Program requests must be made a minimum 1 week in advance and not to exceed frequency guidelines outlined.
  • Late arrivals will not be accommodated
  • Some physical limitations cannot be accommodated
  • All Guests participating in a Wildlife Connection release Utah’s Hogle Zoo to photograph, film, videotape, record or otherwise reproduce the image and /or voice of any person who enters the Zoo and use the same for any purpose without permission or payment.

Contact Utah’s Hogle Zoo for specific questions regarding rules & limitations.

(801) 584-1700