Wildlife Connections


YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  Join us for one of our up-close and personal Wildlife Connections and 100% of the money raised will go directly to help save wildlife in their native habitats.

Want to have a one-on-one experience with one of the Zoo’s exciting animals and their keeper, and at the same time help save animals in the wild? Our Wildlife Connections program is the answer. One of our expert Utah’s Hogle Zoo keepers will be your personal guide as they give you an insider’s look at the Zoo and share their passion for the animals in their care. Listen to stories of the animals’ antics and personality quirks that will open your eyes to what it takes to care for this wild menagerie. Please see Rules and Limitations below.

Cost DOES NOT include Zoo admission!

Space is limited so make your reservation today online or by visiting our Member and Guest Services office.

African Savanna Behind the Scenes Tour:

Think you’ve seen everything the Africa Savanna exhibit has to offer? Think again! Join us on our behind-the-scenes Barn Tour to learn about everything that goes into caring for the giraffes and the other animals on the Savanna. These unique 30 minute tours include experiences and information you cannot get anywhere else — including a chance to feed the giraffes!

African Savanna Behind the Scenes Tour Details:

  • Price:
    • Zoo Members – $100
    • Non-Zoo Members – $150 
  • Age Restrictions:  None
  • Group Size: 2-6 people from the same household (We cannot accommodate additional guests.)
  • CDC Guidelines: We will be following CDC guidelines, and masks must be worn at all times during the tour, and every guest will be sanitizing their hands before and after the tour.
  • There is no food or drink allowed behind the scenes.
  • Although there is no age limit for this tour, we recommend that children are 5 years of age or older.

Tour Highlights:

  • Behind the scenes tour inside giraffe and zebra barn
  • A chance to offer food to the giraffes
  • Photo opportunity in front of the giraffes


We believe in giving our animals choices and cannot guarantee animals will present themselves to be fed. If an animal chooses not to participate or does not present itself to be fed, you will not receive a refund.

If a tour needs to be canceled due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, you will be credited the amount paid.

If, on the other hand, you choose to cancel, you may receive a credit; however, the amount of the credit will depend on when a cancellation is made:

  • Cancellations up to 72 hours before the tour will be credited the full amount paid.
  • Cancellations up to 48 hours before the tour will be credited half of the amount paid.
  • Cancellations less than 24 hours prior to the tour, or if participants do not show up for the tour, will not receive a refund or credit.

If you need to cancel due to COVID-related illness, we will provide a partial or prorated credit or work with you to reschedule your tour.



Elephant Feeding

Spring – Fall Only, subject to change

Our elephant feeds are now available! Join us every Fri, Sat and Sun for our brand new elephant feeding experience! Times are listed below. 

  • Fri – Sun 12:30p – 1:15p
  • $15 per person (no member discount)
  • Masks are required