Coronavirus Info


**IMPORTANT UPDATE 3/16/2020**

In an effort to help keep our community safe, Utah’s Hogle Zoo has decided to close effective Tuesday, March 17, until further notice.

As a family destination, our goal is to protect the health and well-being of our animals, the community and Zoo staff.

The dedicated animal care team will remain active at the Zoo daily and will continue to provide our animals with the highest standard of care. Administrative staff will be staggering schedules to reduce social interactions.

Zoo leadership will continue to monitor developments of the outbreak and follow guidance from federal, state, and local authorities to help determine when we will reopen.

We understand that this closure has interrupted plans. For that reason, if you have previously purchased tickets for a Zoo visit we will honor/accept them on any future date in 2020.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while we all try to safely navigate these uncertain times.


Utah’s Hogle Zoo is closely monitoring developments of the global pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Salt Lake County Health Department, and other federal, state and local authorities.  Based upon current information, Utah’s Hogle Zoo will remain OPEN and OPERATING as normal.

That said, as an additional precaution against the spread of coronavirus and to provide additional social distancing, the following indoor and outdoor spaces, including rides and retail, are closed at least through March 31:

  • The Small Animal Building
  • Great Ape Lobby
  • Creekside Playground
  • Grandma’s House at Asian Highlands
  • Indoor viewing at Rocky Shores
  • The Safari Express train
  • The Conservation carousel
  • The Beastro (may order food from outside window)
  • Wild Zootique gift shop (some gift options available at stroller rental)

We apologize for any inconvenience these closures may cause.

Please know that the health and safety of our valued guests, staff, volunteers, and the animals in our care, remain our top priority and we are undertaking an abundance of caution in all we do, which includes social distancing, increased cleaning and disinfecting, and stocking of essential sanitation supplies.  For example, additional hand sanitizers have been added, we undertake frequent cleaning of the train, carousel, statues, restrooms, exhibit glass, Kugel ball, handrails and other high-touchpoints, along with deep and frequent cleaning of high chairs and strollers, and more.

We advise all our guests to follow the CORONAVIRUS PREVENTION & TREATMENT recommendations issued by the CDC (cdc.gov/coronavirus) to prevent the spread of coronavirus or any other communicable disease, which includes frequent hand washing, the use of hand sanitizers, and staying home when feeling ill.

The Zoo’s collection of animals are healthy, and we continue to provide expert care as we closely monitor the COVID-19 situation.  The Zoo has plenty of essential food and supplies and have a contingency plan in place to ensure our animals will continue to thrive.

In uncertain times, we all seek calm and normalcy.  Since spending time with nature can be very healing, Hogle Zoo will continue to fill that role for our guests as it proudly has for nearly 100 years.  Let’s all stay safe and we thank you for your continued support.