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End of an Era

After almost 60 years caring for wolves, Utah’s Hogle Zoo is set to transfer lone wolf, Angel, and end its participation with the North American Gray Wolf species.

“We know this will be a difficult transition for many in our community,” said Erica Hansen, Community Relations Manager. “Wolves are among our more popular animals and we will all miss them.”

After Glacier passed away in the fall of 2018, Hogle Zoo began working on the best possible situation for remaining wolf and companion animal, Angel.

The Association of Zoo and Aquariums works with the Species Survival Plan to ensure healthy, thriving populations of animals born and bred in zoos. Gray wolves currently have healthy numbers in the wild and are not considered endangered, therefore, the zoo SSP is no longer participating in managed populations of the species. Meaning, zoos are not breeding gray wolves so acquiring wolves gets complicated.

“We absolutely do not take animals from the wild unless it’s a rescue,” Hansen said. “Without an SSP for gray wolves, we would begin a cycle of acquiring, transporting and replacing aging animals without partnerships.”

Angel, for instance, was brought in to keep Glacier company after senior wolf, Neph passed away in 2017 at 14 years of age.

Without a pack here at Hogle, Angel, a senior herself at almost 12 years, will be sent to a wolf sanctuary in the Northwest.

After some exhibit modifications, Hogle Zoo will introduce four rescued red foxes, a species native to Utah. “The foxes are young and playful and they live right here in our own backyard,” Hansen said. “Plus they are rescued animals that needed a good home so we’re happy we can offer them a great quality of life while educating our guests on some of Utah’s interesting species.”

Angel’s transfer will happen once the winter storms subside both in Salt Lake City as well as the Northwest.

2019 Summer Camps

 

 

 

 

 

1stGrade Camp (ages 5-6)

Animal Superheroes         $80

Faster than a speeding rhino, more powerful than a thundering elephant . . .From super‒strength to bionic vision; invisibility to lightning speed, animals have amazing powers! Put on your mask and cape and join us to learn all about the super‒heroes of the animal world. Each day includes crafts, stories, games and animal encounters.

 AM Session: 9:00 am ‒ 12:00 pm; PM Session: 1:00 pm ‒ 4:00 pm

  • June 10‒12        AM Session
  • July 1‒3             PM Session

 

Animal Tales           $80

We’re jumping into the pages of our favorite “tails.” Huff and puff with the big bad wolf, pucker‒up to a frog, pay a visit to our three bears and catch up with the tortoise and the hare, as you explore our Zoo “Jungle Book.”You’ll become part of some exciting animal tales and discover the real animals behind these tales..Each day includes crafts, stories, games and animal encounters.

AM Session: 9:00 am ‒ 12:00 pm; PM Session: 1:00 pm ‒ 4:00 pm

  • July 1‒3   AM Session
  • August 5‒7    PM Session

 

Animals on the Move        $80

Hopping, dancing, wiggling and crawling are just a few ways animals move. Jump into our camp all about animal movement! Join us to discover how animals get from one place to another. Each day includes crafts, stories, games, and animal encounters. These activity‒filled days are designed to get kids moving and learning on the go!

AM Session: 9:00 am ‒ 12:00 pm; PM Session: 1:00 pm ‒ 4:00 pm

  • June 10‒12  PM Session
  • July 1‒3   AM and PM Sessions
  • August 5‒7 AM Session

2nd-3rdGrade Camp (ages 7-8)

Ecosystems of the Globe            $300

Experience the savanna of Africa, the rainforest of South America, and the arctic of Alaska all in one week! Discover and meet some of the animals that call these places home and explore their amazing adaptations as you “travel” the world with us!

9:00 am‒4:00 pm

  • June 3‒7
  • July 8‒12
  • August 12‒16

Let’s Do Lunch       $300

It is a real feast with the beasts here at the Zoo! Discover who eats what‒ and who at the Zoo –as we explore the many hunting and dining techniques of the animals. Who hasteeth just like you? Who doesn’t have teeth at all? You’ll have a ripping and tearing good time as we “gnaw” on uncovering the true “foodies” of the animal kingdom. Each day includes animal encounters, stories, games, and crafts.

9:00 am ‒ 4:00 pm

  • June 17‒21
  • July 29‒August 2

4th-5thGrade Camps (ages 9-10)

Adventures in Enrichment          $300

Do lions like catnip? Are monkeys always playful? What is a special treat for an elephant? How do zookeepers get the animals up and moving to spark their curiosity? Through enrichment! Spend the week learning how the Zoo “spices up” the lives of animals through different types of enrichment.

9:00 am ‒ 4:00 pm

  • June 3‒7
  • July 8‒12
  • August 12‒16

Curious Creatures and Fearsome Features   $300

What would you think if you had a three‒foot nose or tall and twisted horns? Observe animals from head to toe as you explore the Zoo and find out why some creatures have such unique features. We will take an up‒close look at feather, fur, fangs and feet to decide if the Zoo’s animals have fearsome features, or if they are just merely curious creatures! Each day includes some special encounters of the animal kind!

9:00 am ‒ 4:00 pm

  • June 17‒21
  • July 29‒August 2

6th-8thGrade Camps (ages 11-13)

Dr. Zoo          $300

Go behind the scenes to get an insider’s view of what it takes to care for animals as small as a cockroach and as big as a rhinoceros. Explore how our zookeepers care for our animals as well as cultivate their healthy lifestyle. Discover what animal enrichment is and why Utah’s Hogle Zoo uses it. Learn about the Zoo’s wildlife conservation efforts and get an insider’s look at the veterinary hospital.

9:00 am ‒ 4:00 pm

  • June 1014
  • July 1519

Conservation Connections         $300

Why are animals vanishing all over the globe? What can you do to make a difference? We will take you on a journey to explore endangered species recovery and how Zoo’s work to keep animals from becoming endangered in the first place! From polar bears to orangutans, elephants to lions and toads to tortoises, we are working to make a difference. Get right down to the DNA of the problem and learn what you can do to help in this fun‒filled camp!

9:00 am ‒ 4:00 pm

  • June 24‒28
  • August 5‒9

 

Polar Bear Broken Bone

Team of Specialists Set to Help Polar Bear, Nora

Broken Humerus is Not so Humorous 

SALT LAKE CITY – Nora the polar bear broke the humerus bone (from shoulder to elbow) on her front, right leg Wednesday night, presumably from her signature style of roughhouse play. “She’s a very rambunctious bear,” said Lead Keeper Kaleigh Jablonski. “It’s not unusual to watch her head-dive into the snow without any hesitation. She just plays rough.” Nora is currently off exhibit as veterinarians assemble a team of specialists to move forward on treatment for the three year-old bear. Keepers found her Thursday morning on exhibit but unwilling to move. They monitored her closely for the next two days but Nora didn’t budge – not even to interact with her keepers, which is unusual. By Saturday morning, Nora made her way into the back-holding area allowing the Zoo’s Animal Care team better access. A full physical examination was performed Sunday, including X-rays, which confirmed Nora had broken her humerus bone, rendering her unable to walk.

Veterinarians consulted with numerous zoos, veterinary surgeons, radiologists and human orthopedic specialists across the country regarding bone breaks in young bears. It is noted at least three bears of Nora’s age have fractured bones in their legs from playing too hard. A large animal orthopedic team from Texas A&M, a human orthopedic surgeon from the University of Utah Medical Center and a veterinary anesthesiologist from North Carolina State University will be performing Nora’s surgery, Monday, February 4. The procedure will take the bulk of the day and will involve heavy-duty orthopedic hardware such as plates, screws, pins and nails. DePuy Synthes and Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices companies, are providing veterinary equipment for the surgery. The 500-pound bear had metabolic bone disease as a cub. The Nora Team has analyzed the X-rays and believe Nora is a good candidate for surgical repair. Her bones will be assessed during the procedure. During the post-op period she will likely require additional anesthetic procedures for follow-up X-rays to see how the break is healing. Should the fixation break, she may require additional procedures. Either way, Nora will be off exhibit for the next several months.

Nora arrived at Hogle Zoo in the fall of 2017 to be paired with then two year-old polar bear, Hope. Born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the beloved bear then spent a year at Oregon Zoo before making Salt Lake City her home. Her fun-loving, playful nature – often called “silly” by her throngs of Facebook fans – have made her an arctic superstar. She’s known for her inquisitive nature with guests, putting all kinds of objects on her head and spying on her neighbors, the seals and sea lions. “Nora is one of the most special, most charismatic animals of our Hogle Zoo family,” said Dr. Erika Crook, Hogle Zoo Associate Veterinarian. “We have reached out far and wide to find experts to give her the best chance possible to get back on her feet. She’s in very good hands.” Nora is currently on pain medications and is in her back-holding area. In typical Nora fashion, she is in good spirits and is still finding ways to play.

 

 

BooLights Calendar

Click on the highlighted dates to see what’s happening that day!

OCTOBER 2018

  SUN MON   TUE   WED   THU   FRI   SAT

 

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October 5, Friday (Opening Night)
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

  • KBULL Radio remote, 6 to 8 PM
  • Small Animal Presentations at the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Meet the zoo’s leading lover of all things creepy and crawly, Spiderella!
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Spooky Craft
  • Hang out with Kindermusik for some hands-on musical family fun
  • Special visit from Miss Utah, Jesse Craig
  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 6, Saturday 
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza sampling
  • Small Animal Presentations at the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Meet the zoo’s leading lover of all things creepy and crawly, Spiderella!
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Hang out with Kindermusik for some hands-on musical family fun
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 11, Thursday
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza sampling
  • Special visit from Miss Utah, Jesse Craig
  • Small Animal Presentations at the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Meet the zoo’s leading lover of all things creepy and crawly, Spiderella!
  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 12, Friday
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

  • Small Animal Presentations at the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Meet the zoo’s leading lover of all things creepy and crawly, Spiderella!
  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 13, Saturday
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

  • Drum Bus
  • Small Animal Presentations at the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Meet the zoo’s leading lover of all things creepy and crawly, Spiderella!
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 17, Wednesday 
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

  • Spooky children’s book reading, by local author Roni DaRonche in the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.
  • Ghostly Craft

October 18, Thursday
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

  • KBULL & B98.7 Listener Appreciation Night.  Visit either website for a $5 off coupon!  This night only!
  • B98.7 Radio remote, 6 to 8 PM
  • Pet Smart booth
  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza sampling
  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • >Spooky Book Reading in the Wyatt Fricks Discovery Theater
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 19, Friday
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • Pet Smart booth
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 20, Saturday
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

  • Drum Bus
  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza sampling
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Sparrow Electric booth
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 26, Friday (Final BooLights Night)
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

  • Meet some unique and fuzzy puppet characters, under the big red tree
  • Drum Bus
  • Mountain America Credit Union booth
  • Burg Children’s Dentistry booth
  • Spooky Craft
  • Find your way through the Pallet Maze! But, keep an eye out for Severus Snape and his partner in crime Bellatrix, those two are always causing mischief.

October 27, Saturday
9 a.m.  – 2 p.m. 

Thanks to our Sponsors

Costa Rica

The span of the Costa Rican territory, from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, is only 200 miles. The variety of landscapes and microclimates that can be enjoyed in one day make this country a paradise destination. Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes and immense biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, rich with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.


Program Includes: 

All ground transfers in air-conditioned motorcoach.

  • Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
  • Professional guide will accompany the group with a minimum of 10 travelers.
  • An escort from Hogle Zoo will accompany the group with minimum 10 travelers on the main program and 10 on the extension.
  • All meals as specified.
  • Bottled water in vehicles.
  • All park entry fees on main program and extension.
  • All applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling.
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.

Escorted by: A Hogle Zoo Staff Member

Dates:  November 9-17, 2017

Cost: approximately $5,190 Per Person, Double Occupancy

Departure City: Salt Lake City
(Other Departure Cities Available Upon Request)

For more information call (801) 584-1737.

ITINERARY:

Days 1 ~ November 5
Salt Lake City/San Jose

Your journey begins as you board your aircraft en route to San Jose. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your accommodation, the Bougainvillea, where your evening is at leisure. Set among ten acres of lush gardens, the unique and comfortable Hotel Bougainvillea, located at the outskirts of a pleasant residential area in San Jose, provides a quiet hideaway where guests can truly experience the world famous natural beauty of Costa Rica. The grounds of the hotel are spectacular – being surrounded by coffee plantations, citrus orchards and lush gardens provides an enticing setting for walking through the winding trails, tennis, or relaxing by the swimming pool. Each of the 83 rooms has twin double beds, tub or shower, and a separate seating area. The furniture is made of Costa Rican hardwoods and rooms have cable television. In addition, each room has a balcony offering marvelous views of the mountains on one side and the San José skyline on the other. Enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel this evening.

Overnight at HOTEL BOUGAINVILLEA. (D) www.hb.co.cr

Day 2 ~ November 6

La Ensenada National Wildlife Refuge

After an early morning departure from San Jose, you will travel west through the beautiful scenic roads of Costa Rica until you reach the La Ensenada National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is located on the Pacific coast in the province of Puntarenas, on the Gulf of Nicoya. Your beautifully-situated lodge boasts open lawns and extensive views out over the Gulf of Nicoya towards the hills of the Nicoya Peninsula and beyond; you will be able to enjoy some spectacular sunsets from here. The 865-acre property is registered as a private wildlife refuge. It is an ideal place for naturalists, nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers alike.

Accommodation here is simple but charming, the comfortable villas all contain two beds, en suite bathrooms and spacious verandahs complete with a hammock, where you will surely want to sit back and enjoy a superb sunset. Because of its family management you will have the opportunity to participate in the daily activities of the farm which is a most unique and wonderful experience. The most important activities at the ranch include raising cattle and horses, as well as the production of salt and fruits.

After a delicious lunch, embark on an afternoon hike. At La Ensenada there are easy walking trails making it an excellent wildlife spot for many species of monkeys, and birds. Green Kingfisher and American Pygmy Kingfisher return to their favorite perches after each fishing plunge. Two species of Sac-wing bats roost on huge tree trunks. The Rufous-naped Wren symphony begins at daybreak, about 5:00 a.m., a most wonderful way to awaken. Listen for howlers and look for other mammals also, including white-faced capuchins, tamandua, prehensile-tailed porcupine, variegated squirrels, coati, and white-tailed deer. Sightings might include the Pacific Screech-Owl, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, and Turquoise-browed Motmot.

Overnight at the LA ENSENADA LODGE. (B,L,D) www.laensenada.net


Day 3 ~ November 7

La Ensenada National Wildlife Refuge

This morning after a delicious home style breakfast you will embark on a boat tour along the canals of the Abangares River for a visit to the mangrove forest, an important ecosystem. Crocodiles may greet you as well as an occasional raccoon dining on its breakfast of crabs or iguanas. You may also glimpse Roseate Spoonbills, various hawks, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, egrets, Wood Storks, White Ibis, shorebirds, gulls and terns. The ever-present howler monkeys will serenade you as you glide over the water on your voyage.

After lunch, you will spend the afternoon hiking around the lodge itself. The dry forest habitat represents the prevalent forest type of the northern Pacific lowlands. Most of the canopy trees are leafless in the dry season and some may even flower. Many large trees have short trunks and wide, umbrella-shaped crowns; smaller ones are often gnarled. The underbrush will still have its leaves and will be dominated by stiff, small-leaved spiny shrubs and woody lianas. This is the habitat of the Thicket Tinamou, Banded Wren, Black-headed Trogon and the Scrub Euphonia. After a day of bird viewing, your efforts will be rewarded with a delicious dinner and the warm company of your fellow birders.

Overnight at the LA ENSENADA LODGE. (B,L,D)

Day 4/5 ~ November 8/9

Monteverde Cloud Forest

After breakfast continue to Monteverde, one of the most beautiful cloud forests in the world. This afternoon, prepare yourself for a very unique experience, the Selvatura Treetop Walk on hanging bridges. You will be surprised to find yourself – like the birds – admiring Mother Nature from the top of the trees. This is because from the beginning of your walk you will be ascending – step-by-step – until you find yourself as high up as the vegetation that will surround you (from 150 to 510 feet). Here, a series of eight bridges await you in order to safely walk without any worries. The almost 2-mile walk is an unforgettable experience with the excitement of looking to one side and seeing the tops of the trees and at the same time feeling the sensation of walking among the clouds.

Your second day here is spent exploring the Monteverde community and the private Cloud Forest Reserve with your naturalist-guide. Monteverde is a rich and complex cloud forest reserve which protects six different ecological communities, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and a renowned field site for biological research. Note that a “cloud forest” differs from a “rain forest”. In particular, a cloud forest will generally receive less rain on an annual basis than will a rain forest. However, a cloud forest generally has more humidity and (because of its higher altitudes) more cloudiness than a rain forest. The reserve encompasses about 10,000 acres, with many interesting trails to wander through the thick tropical vegetation. You’ll recognize many familiar house plants growing freely in the wild, including schefflera, bromeliads, and ferns, as well as some more exotic species. Although it’s difficult to spot them, more than 320 species of birds are resident, including the seasonal Resplendent Quetzal, considered by many to be the most beautiful bird in the Americas, as well as the Three-wattled Bellbird, Black Guan, Umbrellabird, Spangled-cheeked Tanager, Orange-bellied Trogon, Emerald Toucanet (you usually hear them more than see them), and numerous other specialties. Among the 100 species of mammals are the Baird’s tapir, jaguar and ocelot (all rarely seen), howler monkey, kinkajou, and prehensile-tailed porcupine.

For the adventurous at heart there is an optional (extra cost) exhilarating excursion available at the Sky Trek, a system of trails, suspension bridges, and zip lines that offers visitors the opportunity to observe and appreciate tropical vegetation from different vantage points. The system is integrated with a gorgeous Cloud Forest trail, 1 ½ miles long. Enjoy a different perspective of the Monteverde Cloud Forest that not many people have a chance to see—as most of the wildlife found in the Cloud Forest is living or feeding in the tree tops. Along with the 11 cables zipping through the canopy forest, two suspended bridges 160 feet off the ground, and some of the most beautiful trails in the Cloud Forest, take advantage of the Sky Trek’s observation tower that is 70 feet off the ground, where on clear days you can see the Arenal Volcano. This view reveals lush green gardens of mosses, ferns, flowers, and epiphytes growing on every tree.

Your lodging will be at the Fonda Vela Hotel, located on a 35-acre property, full of lush forests and verdant pastures that are excellent for birding and hiking. In this tranquil setting, you may see parrots and emerald toucans that come to feed in the fruiting trees occasionally. During certain months, the Fonda Vela is excellent for seeing Resplendent Quetzal, Three-wattled Bellbird and Keel-billed Toucans. Horses graze in the pasture below. The Fonda Vela Hotel has nine buildings nestled in the landscaped property, designed with natural lighting, privacy and warmth. All have large windows with views of the forest allowing the outside beauty to be a part of a cozy interior.  Their 20 junior suites, where you will be accommodated, have a small refrigerator, table, king and queen-size beds, a comfortable sofa and telephones.

Overnights at the FONDA VELA. (B,L,D Daily) www.fondavela.com


Days 6/7 ~ November 10/11

Tarcoles River/Carara National Park

Drive this morning to Villa Lapas which is located in the transition zone between the dry and moist forest of the Pacific lowlands. En route, you will stop at the Tarcoles River which is legendary for bearing one of the most important crocodile populations in Costa Rica. Some of these animal reach more than four meters long! In addition to the crocodiles, you can also watch the great diversity of birds of this area, including Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks, Pelicans, Frigatebirds, Scarlet Macaws and countless others.

The Villa Lapas Hotel is located in the province of Puntarenas, only 75 minutes from the capital of Costa Rica. Its strategic location next to the Carara Biological Reserve is key to the beauty that surrounds the facilities. The property is surrounded by one of the last tropical rain forests in the Pacific coast. The area protects numerous indigenous plants and animals and there are many possibilities to observe the secrets of this natural treasure. The resort offers 47 rooms, all with balconies enjoying vistas of either river, garden or pool views. In addition all rooms come fully equipped with a/c, telephone, and en suite bathrooms.

If time permits, you may want to indulge in an optional canopy walk located in Villa Lapa’s own private reserve. “Villa Lapas Sky Way” is a union of natural trails and hanging bridges (hammocks) throughout a wonderful rain forest of centenary trees. Depending on the time which you take this tour, you can see many species of birds and animals. This trail has a length of 2.5 km with a descending slope. This tour is very accessible for children and adults of all ages offering total security from any kind of danger. This new attraction consists of 5 bridges, four of which are 1000 meters long (329 feet), each, and the fifth is half that length. They are totally built in metal and have holds with metallic towers, as well as a fence and plastic rail for added security and comfort.

In the evening, bird in nearby Carara Biological Reserve, or take a hike on one of the trails within Villa Lapas. This reserve is one of the last remaining tracts of tropical rainforest on the Pacific side of Costa Rica, and as such plays a vital role in providing refuge for an amazing array of native plant and animal life. The biological diversity is astounding due to the geographic location of the reserve in the transition zone between the Mesoamerican dry forest and the Pacific Coast tropical rainforests. Enjoy the raucous flight of Scarlet Macaws, the dexterous foraging of White-faced Monkeys, the search for brightly colored Harlequin Poisondart Frogs, or the deceptively lazy flight of a large Blue Morpho Butterfly.

Overnights at the Villa Lapas Hotel. (B,L,D Daily) www.villalapas.com

Days 8 ~ November 12

Cerro De La Muerte Mountains/San Gerardo De Dota

Today you will travel to Costa Rica’s southern region where your next escapade awaits you at the Cerro de la Muerte Mountains. In English, Cerro de la Muerte translates to Death Hill; it was not named, as one might imagine, for a spot where many men had fallen to their deaths. The area became infamous for the number of brave souls who lost their lives to the bitter cold as they negotiated this 11,500-foot-high section of the trail. These highlands are Costa Rica’s largest protected region; composed of 13 different units summing up a total preserve of 95,000 hectares. This area also is the northernmost extent of the páramo habitat – a highland shrub and tussock grass habitat more common in the Andes of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru than in Costa Rica. You will be overwhelmed by the variety of flora and fauna in this area… the mountainous oak forest, which is the principal forest type of high elevations. The dominant trees are magnificent oaks reaching 125 ft. in height, like the wild brazilletto and winter’s bark tree. Undoubtedly, it is not only the perfect spot for nature enthusiasts, but for birdwatchers as well. Savegre is a very peaceful place where you can enjoy yourself walking through the cloud forest. Follow the hiking trails covered with tree ferns, palms and multicolored mushrooms, lichens and bromeliads. Many of the giant oak trees are more than 100 years old.

 The Savegre Mountain Lodge is located in San Gerardo de Dota, near the Cerro de la Muerte Mountains, where more than 170 species of birds, including the Resplendent Quetzal and other exotic wildlife reside. Accommodation is offered in twenty cabins, surrounded by one of the finest examples of highland cloud forest on the planet, and set in a valley so spectacular that a post card photographer might pass it up because nobody would believe it was true. All cabins come fully equipped with en suite bathrooms, hot showers and heating. Enjoy a delicious home-made meal in the lodge’s dining room, while watching the Fiery-throated, Gray-tailed Mountain Gem, Scintillant and Volcano hummingbirds, frequenting the numerous feeders at the balcony of your dining room. In addition there is a bar area and a small gift shop. The unique surroundings of the lodge consist of apple orchards, a small dairy farm and trout farm. Personal attention and family hospitality from three generations of the Chacon family, which have been farming in this lovely valley since 1955, are just a few of the reasons you will definitely want to come back.

Overnight at the SAVEGRE MOUNTAIN LODGE. (B,L,D)

www.costaricagateway.com/lodges/savegre-mountain-lodge.html

 

 Day 9 ~ November 13

Savegre Private Forest

Bird watching is one of the main attractions at Savegre…the beautiful environment of biological corridors makes this attractive region a paradise, where more than 170 species of birds peacefully coexist with man. Various migratory species arrive throughout the different seasons of the year joining the native species to add still more colorful views for birdwatchers. Among the visitors are the orioles, warblers and raptors. A few of the natives include the Yellow-winged Vireo, the Flame-throated Warbler, Tufted Flycatcher, Volcano Junco and various others.

Your hike today will be mostly focused on the Resplendent Quetzal. In the early 1500’s, the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés arrived in Mexico. There, as a gift from the Aztecs, he received a headdress of Quetzal feathers. Only Aztec royalty had the privilege of wearing such highly esteemed adornments. The jade-green plumes of the Quetzal may have been considered more valuable than gold. Today this extraordinarily beautiful bird claims as its habitat a vast territory from Mexico to Panama. The Quetzal can be found in cloud forests at altitudes of between 4,000 and 10,000 feet. The clouds in the forests are the product of rising warm air cooling quickly. The results are year-round lush vegetation in verdant tones and massive trees that reach one hundred feet or more into the fog. In this way the bird can live up to its name. “Quetzal” is taken from the Aztec word quetzalli, meaning “precious” or “beautiful.” The bird’s body measures about 14 inches in length, about the size of a pigeon. However, it has tail feathers which can extend as long as three feet. Both the male and the female are an iridescent emerald and golden green with tail feathers in iridescent blues and greens with white under tails. The green camouflages them in the rain forest. The male has a head crest and red breast feathers with a white under tail. The females are duller and have fewer red breast feathers and short tail plumes. The Quetzal is truly a splendid bird.

Through the years, these safe and comfortable walking trails are traversed by people of all nationalities, ages and walks of life – each with a different objective … scientific investigation, adventure, a bit of exercise, birdwatching or simply to find the peace that comes with the beautiful cloud forest and pure fresh air. The lodge has 35 kms of forest trails, mostly through virgin woods. The altitude varies form 7,220 feet to 11,384 feet. Enter the forests into a cathedral-like setting with columns of hundred-year old trees, multi-colored plants and mushrooms, celestial choirs of birds, and multitudes of insects, amphibians and mammals that will make your walk magical and unforgettable.

Overnight at the SAVEGRE MOUNTAIN LODGE. (B,L,D)

 Days 10/11 ~ November 14/15

Sarapiqui/Selva Verde

You will reach your accommodation, the Selva Verde Lodge, in the afternoon. Founded in 1985, Selva Verde Lodge is located in the lush lowlands of northeastern Costa Rica on a very large, private tract of tropical rain forest and rich second-growth habitats. It is adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Organization for Tropical Studies field station, La Selva. While at Selva Verde, you may schedule an array of activities suited to your every interest and ability, from relaxing in a hammock and absorbing the wonder of the forest, to canoeing on the Sarapiquí, or hiking Selva Verde’s rain forest trails with a resident naturalist. Delicious meals featuring the local cuisine are served by gracious, native Costa Ricans. An open and spacious dining room with its thatched roof harmonizes well with the jungle ambience. The resident managers, fluent in English and Spanish, are attentive to your every need.  Beyond its roughly 500 acres of preserved rain forest, the lodge boasts a resident naturalist, local guides and an ever-expanding reference library. The Lodge provides ample accommodations in 45 double rooms with private baths and showers. The rooms are well maintained and open into large, spacious, wooden balconies.

In addition to any extra activities you may choose to partake in, you will be going on a white-water rafting trip on the beautiful Sarapiqui River. Winding through the region of the “Eternal Spring,” this river offers some of Costa Rica’s most lush and vibrant scenery. Free-flowing, it has its origins in clear mountain streams that tumble down through thick rainforest, finally joining together in the crystal waters of the beautiful Sarapiquí. Verdant forest reaches right up to the river’s sun-basked banks. If Matisse had come to Costa Rica, this is what he would have painted! This narrow, low-volume river is ideal for white-water novices, as well as families, all of whom will enjoy its moderately flowing rapids, interspersed with tranquil stretches. The journey is also excellent for bird-watchers and other nature lovers, as the river stretches its way through lush vegetation that is home to hummingbirds, toucans, woodpeckers, and scores of other native bird species. Don’t miss this classic tropical river experience! After a short safety briefing, you will rig your raft and begin the journey downriver. Lunch is served on the banks of the river.

Overnights at the SELVA VERDE LODGE. (B,L,D Daily) www.selvaverde.com/lang/en

Day 12  ~ November 16

Virgen Del Socorrro Reserve/La Paz Waterfall Garden/Heredia/San Jose

This morning you will have the chance to visit the Colonia Virgen Del Socorro, a farming community and a birding area located about one hour from Puerto Viejo. Explore La Virgin Del Socorro, a middle elevation forest on the Caribbean slope of the central Volcanic Mountain Range that runs along the canyon of the Sarapiqui River. The humidity carried by the trade winds coming from the Caribbean ocean created the perfect habitat for a great variety of epiphytes which provide food for over 400 species of birds. Some hummingbirds and tanagers are all indigenous to the area. En route, stop at Heredia, one of the most beautiful provinces in Costa Rica, known for its verdant coffee plantation covered hills and volcanic national parks. The Braulio Carrillo and Tapanti National Parks sit in the north of Heredia and are packed with a plethora of wildlife. Due to the constant rainfall, these parks offer bird lovers a rare glimpse of the quetzal, one of the most culturally significant birds in Central America. After lunch, drive back to San Jose and your charming hotel, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Overnight at HOTEL BOUGAINVILLEA. (B,L,D)

Days 13 ~ November 17

San Jose/Salt Lake City

This morning after breakfast, drive back via private transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose. Sadly it is now time to say “adios” to hospitable Costa Rica. (B)


INDIVIDUAL GUEST TERMS & CONDITIONS 

DEPOSIT: $750 per person, due at time of booking

Reservations must be accompanied by the guests’ full name.

FULL PAYMENT: Due 95 days prior to departure.

In the event that reservations must be cancelled, refunds will be made according to the following schedule:

  • Up to 75 days prior to departure, less $250 handling fee.
  • 74-60 days prior to departure, deposit is forfeited.
  • 59-45 days prior to departure, less 50% of tour cost.
  • Less than 45 days prior to departure, no refund due.
  • These cancellation fees are also in addition to any imposed by airlines.

As many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the operation of these trips, we must adhere to the cancellation policies. We strongly suggest guests purchase trip cancellation insurance.

* All prices, inclusions and dates may be subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.


 

 

For more information about the Zoo’s Travel Program call 801.584.1737 or email the Zoo’s Travel Coordinator.

 

ZooSnooz

Come Spend the Night at the Zoo!

During your ZooSnooz, you will enjoy a tour of the Zoo grounds led by members of our Education staff and meet some of our animal ambassadors. The night will be spent making crafts and playing games, and in the morning, guests will enjoy a light breakfast and meet a keeper.

This interactive program is designed for any school, scout, or youth organization. It is also great for a family or group of friends. Campers will sleep in the heated/air conditioned EdZoocation Station or Rendezoo Room. Registration fees cover admission, supplies, staff, night security, and food.

  • 6:00 PM — 9:00 AM
  • Ages 5 and up (no younger campers please)
  • $55 per person (youth and adults)
  • Minimum group of 15 is required (smaller groups may register, but the minimum fee will be charged)
  • One adult for every five youths is required
  • Dates are limited. A three-week advanced reservation is required

Choose one of these fun themes for your ZooSnooz:

  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Animal Superpowers
  • Creatures of the Forbidden Forest
  • Fur, Feathers, and Scales
  • Dr. Zoo
  • Artsy Animals

Contact for availability, EMAIL US HERE or send your message to zoosnooz@hoglezoo.org