recognize, protect and appreciate OUR STATE'S native animals and plantlife at
utah's hogle zoo
About Wild Utah
New expansion opening in May! The Aline W. Skaggs Wild Utah exhibit will be opening the east side of Utah’s Hogle Zoo. The exhibit will include up-close and personal experiences with Utah-native species of animals such as cougars, badgers, bobcats and bighorn sheep, giving guests the opportunity to learn about sighting and caring for native wildlife found in our state.
As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, donations to the zoo provide invaluable support towards fulfilling our mission of creating champions for wildlife. By donating today, your support will help make this expansion possible and will leave a lasting legacy of supporting Utah wildlife for decades to come. Donate today or purchase a Wild Utah legacy item.
Total Cost: 22M
Total Size: 3 Acres
Updated Zoofari Express experience
New building: the Norma W. Matheson Education Animal Center
Outdoor Classroom for conservation activities
Outdoor spaces teaching guests about Utah nature and wildlife
Boardwalk overlooking Emigration Creek
In Wild Utah you will find:
North American Porcupine
Norma W. Matheson Education Animal Center
The Norma W. Matheson Education Animal Center will be the main focal point of the new expansion, set to house more than 100 ambassador animals part of our traveling school outreach programs.
The building will also contain the Utah Amphibian Conservation Room that will serve as the hub for the Boreal Toad conservation project, a local conservation initiative part of Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s Big 6 program. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with an interactive kitchen, within the building, teaching them about the diverse animal diets and food preparation that occurs everyday at the zoo.
The East side of the building will feature a mural by a world renowned artist that celebrates Utah pollinators like bees, butterflies, and flowers.
The Outdoor Classroom is the perfect space for guests to engage in hands-on conservation while visiting the zoo. Activities include creating seed pods, bird houses, planting pollinators, and creating hummingbird feeders all to be used for local conservation initiatives in your own backyard. The Outdoor Classroom will also bring in other conservation partners to provide opportunities for community action and awareness.
The backside of the Outdoor Classroom will feature a photo wall celebrating Monarch butterflies.
Overlook Terrace and Interpretive Campsite
The Overlook Terrace will give guests a spectacular view of the entire Wild Utah expansion and the surrounding outdoor exhibits. Guests will also have the opportunity to become Wild Aware by learning how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly through the Interpretive Campsite.
Custom decal on Wild Utah camper Limited quantity: 20
Wild Utah Bench Plaque - $5,000
Limited quantity: Only 3 left!
Blue Sky Renewable Energy Project
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is launching renewable energy project with support from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program participants.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is continuing to generate its own clean, renewable power thanks to a funding award from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program participants. The money will support the installation of renewable energy sources for the upcoming Aline W. Skaggs Wild Utah exhibit.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo joins more than 190 organizations across Rocky Mountain Power’s service area that, since 2006, have received awards for community-based renewable projects, including solar, wind, geothermal, and other forms of renewable energy.