The Asian Highlands exhibit depicts a village nestled in the Asian Highlands. Here you’ll get a spectacular view of our Asian cats in their naturalistic environments.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo opened Asian Highlands in 2006 after the old Feline Building was renovated. In 2018, we added an area at the entrance of the exhibit to house red pandas. Today the Asian Highlands is home to two Amur leopard cubs who are considered the newest residents at the exhibit. The sibling duo (male and female) are the offspring of Zeya and Dmitri and were born on Christmas Day 2021 here at the zoo.
If you get hungry while at the exhibit, take advantage of the specialty cuisine you’ll find at the Cat Wok Café. Snack on something sensational and watch the animals from our covered seating area.
Only open during summer months
The Janet Quinney Lawson Red Panda Exhibit was made possible by a generous donation from the Quinney Foundation as well as numerous donations from other red panda lovers. The exhibit has been open since May 2, 2018.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is home to Mow Mow, a male red panda who came from the Trevor Zoo in Millbrook, NY. His exhibit is equipped with a recirculating water feature as well as several cooling spots. If you stop by to see Mow Mow, you can get 36-degree viewing angles from the upper dining deck of the Asian Highlands and in two other locations at his exhibit.
Red pandas are an endangered species native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. Often confused for a raccoon or fox, the red panda is mainly active at dawn and dusk and mostly eats bamboo. Thick, red fur covers their entire body (including the soles of their feet) to conserve body heat.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo works with Red Panda Network to help save this species in the wild. Together we help train and equip Forest Guardians so that they can protect native habitats from logging and deforestation.