Recent Changes at the Zoo

Our Rocky Shores exhibit opened in 2012 and now our African Savanna exhibit has been opened as well!

Our Kid’s Splash Zone is also Now Open!

In the Fall of 2012 we broke on African Savanna – a mixed species exhibit featuring the return of the African lion, the king of beasts. It will also provides better homes for our giraffes which will walk freely alongside zebras, ostriches and other small African hoof-stock.


This beautiful new addition to the Zoo meant that we had to deal with construction fences, a bit of dust and some other changes.

  • Construction began in September of 2012. Visitors saw construction fencing along the south side of the main pathway, from the entrance to Primate Forest.
  • A favorite attraction, the train, was caught up in construction and closed for over a year.  Now that the train has reopened, it is a longer ride and rerouted to go around the perimeter of the Savanna.
  • And what about the animals? Many of the animals in Discovery Land found new homes at Hogle Zoo while others, out of necessity, were re-located to other accredited zoos.
  • The other big change (and a tough one for the kids) was the closure of the popular playground. But check out Rocky Shores and our new, fun splash park! Kids are able to run underneath small shooting streams of water, climb up a lighthouse and soar down the big slide and pose for pictures in ‘shipwreck.’ Parents – Not to worry… it’s not designed for kids to get soaking wet, just enough to keep cool on a hot summer day. Oh! And there are plenty of shady benches for you to enjoy your ice cream.

With the opening of African Savanna, a state-of-the-art exhibit on the east end of Hogle Zoo, guests now have fantastic nose-to-nose viewing with a pride of lions. It also will have a wonderful giraffe-feeding station, sure to bring them in to new light.

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