Rocky Shores is an extensive multi-animal habitat featuring bears, sea lions, seals, and otters.
On the surface of the Rocky Shores exhibit, you’ll watch our animals interact with a habitat that depicts the physical, cultural and social landscape of the western shores of North America. Below the exhibit, you can get an up-close underwater view of the animals as they swim through crystal blue water.
Rocky Shores is home to two polar bears: Nikita (male) and Neva (female). While at the exhibit, guests have the chance to see either Neva or Nikita, or sometimes both polar bears at the same time. However, we cannot guarantee which polar bear will be visible. To give our polar bears a choice in their environment, we have provided them with access to off-exhibit spaces where they can rest.
Because Rocky Shores is designed to dramatically impact and alter visitor perceptions, it has become a “signature facility” at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. While at the exhibit, guests will experience unprecedented environmental immersion through realistic, cutting-edge habitat design. Educational information about the animals, their behaviors and instincts, and their future survival are presented through innovative programs and interactive technology.
Get up-close and personal inside Tidewater Cove! This indoor area shows guests what lies underneath the surface of the water. You will likely see a few familiar faces in the water!
Don’t miss our daily Seal and Sea Lion Demonstrations located at the amphitheater just next to Tidewater Cove. For more information, visit our Daily Programs page!