The Rhino exhibit is a diverse, multi-species habitat featuring white rhinos, Mongolian wild horses, and a bachelor herd of Hartmann’s mountain zebras. Guests can also find Hartmann’s mountain zebras at the African Savanna exhibit.
This unique exhibit provides a stimulating environment for our herds by providing them with a large yard habitats with a range of activities and space. The diverse environment promotes natural behaviors, giving the animals the physical and mental stimulation they need to stay healthy and happy.
The Mongolian Wild Horse yard is a new area featuring a remarkable species never before seen at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. Also known as the Tahki, Dzungarian, Przewalski’s horse, these endangered species are considered the last truly wild horse. They are much smaller than a domestic horse, but are hearty and strong and require less food and water. This resilience and zoos helped them recover from near extinction.
In the 1960s, Mongolian wild horses were extinct in the wild because of human expansion, habitat destruction, and climate change. Thankfully, Mongolian wild horses were living in zoos at the time. Because of zoo breeding programs, more than 2,000 wild horses have returned to Mongolia, China, and Kazakhstan. Mongolian wild horses went from extinct, to critically endangered, to endangered status because of your support of zoos.
Guests can get a nose-to-nose view of the rhinos at the Kopje (co-pea). The Kopje is a part of our West Habitat and is made to resemble the small hills that rise from the African veld. It features a watering hole and a feeding area to attract the animals for a better view. At the Kopje, you’ll be able to observe the animals up close through safety windows that are two inches thick.
At the edge of the west yard, there is a smaller lodge that gives guests another vantage point to see the animals. There, you’ll find educational activities like our interactive scale. The scale encourages guests to pile on together to find out if they collectively weigh as much as a a newborn rhino or week’s worth of food.
Capture a memorable moment with your family by snagging a photo next to our elephant sculpture that’s 13 feet tall, reminding guests of the African elephant residents that used to reside here at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. This work of art looks like a soapstone carving of an elephant and can be found at the entrance of the Rhino Exhibit.
After a comprehensive evaluation, Utah’s Hogle Zoo has made the difficult decision to move Mom, Christie, 37, and daughter, Zuri, 14, to another Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoo where opportunities for them to grow their family may increase.