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Each year Utah’s Hogle Zoo has thousands and thousands of visitors. Many of our guests have wonderful experiences that they’d like to share. This page offers the opportunity for our Zoo visitors to share their heart warming, memorable, exciting and just fun adventures about Hogle Zoo. If you would like to tell us about your Zoo visit or about what you like about Hogle Zoo fill out the form below. Submissions will be posted after review and nothing deemed offensive or derogatory will be accepted.


Had a great time. I was able to take some pics of the tiger who’s my favorite animal there.


Submitted by: elliot9772

Last week my daughter and I took my grandson to your zoo. At one of the exhibits we met Eco-Explorer Nick. He was so pleasant and very carefully explained about all the animals. He knew all the names and ages of every animal there. He told us all about the changes in the zoo to meet the strict requirements of the AZA. He is so proud of his work there. After we had spent time learning from him there, we ran into him all over the zoo. At each place he had very interesting things to teach us. Thank you Nick for making a great day fantastic! He deserves a raise!!!

I want to thank you for a great visit with my two year old grandson. Your zoo was perfect for us. I live in Ohio and have taken other grandchildren to the Columbus Zoo which is a great zoo. Utah’s Hogle Zoo was as good an experience as the Columbus Zoo. From the moment we walked in and he saw the giraffes up close and watching the polar bear at the end of our morning we had a great visit. Your zoo is a great visit for all ages, especially wonderful for young children. Just the right size.

Submitted by: rhwerh

We visited the zoo last Saturday in beautiful weather, and had a great time. One of your lionesses was posing for pictures – she looks quite content!

Submitted by: brittenkelly

Tuah stole our hearts today! He and his sister were a joy to watch!


Submitted by: dpagan347

Hello, We are zoo members and signed our little one up for a Junior Zookeeper class this past Saturday. He had a wonderful time and enjoyed every bit of the class, especially time in the small animal house drawing on the glass (he was happy to point it out to everyone that walked by several hours later when we were still at the zoo.) Someone made MY day extra special. Terry Lyman was one of the volunteers for the class and I had a wonderful time discussing all of our favorite things about the zoo with her. She was nice, sincere, and all around a pleasant person. I loved hearing about her dad, one of the original Chairmen of the zoo and we both swapped stories about watching our zoo get better and better since we were both children. Hogle Zoo is one of my favorite places to take my son. His love for animals grows every time we visit and it helps me teach him what a great world we live in and why we take care of it. Volunteers liky Terry make my job that much easier and she turned our visit in to something special. Please pass my thanks and admiration on to her. I hope to see her again when we visit and look forward to it.


Submitted by: Travis Bates

Elephants are my favorite part of visiting the zoo. As a very little girl (and I am almost 67) going to the zoo with my mother, I first fell in love with Princess Alice. She was magnificent and I immediately loved her. My family lived close enough to the zoo that, as grade schoolers, we often walked to Hogle Zoo with our neighborhood friends. What an adventure wandering through Bonneville Golf Course and approaching our ZOO! We felt like explorers! I can’t wait for Feast with the Beast next week. What a great day to celebrate Thanksgiving morning and my birthday two days later. I am very thankful for Hogle Zoo and the opportunity to meet and fall in love again with all our beautiful and amazing animals. Thank you Hogle Zoo.

Submitted by: Ann Williams

We took our 2 year old granddaughter to your zoo just yesterday. It has been 15 years since we have been there. I was amazed!! It was so wonderful!! You have gone to great depth in changing the animals habitats. They are beautiful. My favorite was the Bird Show. Soooooo beyond what it was before!! Thank you!!

-submitted by Geri Christensen

We love the zoo. This is my son Henry. His favorite friends were the river otters.

-submitted by Jonathan Coy

Late winter is the best time to go to the zoo. My 3 year old grandson come from California and we went to the Zoo. The Tigers, Bears and Gorillas all were very active. The Gorilla ran right up to the glass and put his face right up to my grandson’s face. It startled him but we had a good laugh. The Seals were being trained and the Lions were strutting all around. The Elephants were very active and moving around. We never miss a single month that we don’t go to the Zoo. But winter and early spring are the best.

-submitted by Dixie Martinson