One visit isn’t enough to see everything Utah’s Hogle Zoo offers, but it’s enough to keep your family entertained, educated, and enthralled. Ready to spend a day at one of Utah’s oldest and most beloved family attractions? Let’s begin.
Once you’re inside the gates, your Hogle Zoo visit likely starts with the African Savanna. (Unless you’re the type to save it for last—your choice!) Have you ever wanted to stand nose-to-nose with the king of beasts or get eye-to-eye with a towering giraffe? If so, you’re in the right place. The African Savanna transports your family to a world of lions, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, and more. Get a panoramic view of the “circle of life” aboard the Zoofari Express, a replica 1863 C.P. Huntington locomotive that carries you around the Savanna and other exciting destinations. Learn more here.
From the African Savanna, make your way down to the Elephant Encounter to witness some of the world’s largest living land animal: our elephant friends Zuri and Christie in a careful reproduction of their natural outdoor habitats. Despite their size, these mammoth creatures will surprise you with their playfulness. Learn more here.
Return from Africa to somewhere a little closer to home: Rocky Shores, where you can get up-close underwater viewing of North America’s most intriguing marine life. You’ll see polar bears, otters, seals, sea lions, and more. You’ll probably see them swim right past the glass; an experience bound to leave kids breathless and adults sticking around so they can see it again. Feel free to step away from the glass long enough to discover interesting facts about the animals, what they eat, their behaviors and instincts, and their future survival through our interactive technology and innovative educational programs. Learn more here.
Cross the bridge from Rocky Shore to the Asian Highlands, where you can check out cats from regions of northeastern Asia, including Amur tigers, Amur leopards, Siberian lynx, and Pallas’ cats. Make sure to say hello to Jordan and Chelsea, our new leopards, born last December!Enjoy immersing yourself in an area rich with culture, learning how the region’s animals play an integral role in the history and folklore of many Asian cultures. Not just that, but since many of these cats are severely endangered in the wild, you’ll discover how zoos like ours help preserve these majestic animals and what you can do to assist. Oh, and don’t forget one of the Asian Highlands’ most popular residents, Mow Mow the red panda. Learn more here.
Coming down from Asian Highlands, you’ll enter the world of the great apes. It’s a family affair here, so come say hi to lowland western gorillas Jabali, Husani, and (almost) two-year-old Georgia, who just exudes youthful energy and excitement. She was born at the Hogle Zoo on July 6, 2020. Learn more about the Great Apes exhibit here.
Watch Georgia as a weeks-old newborn.
No trip to the zoo is complete without a spin around the Conservation Carousel, which celebrates the fact that a portion of every ticket sold goes to various conservation programs supported by the zoo. These programs preserve habitats to make a difference in animals’ long-term survival. As you ride your favorite animal/s, think about the beautiful creatures in the wild you’re supporting, including African elephants and lions, orangutans, polar bears, radiated tortoises, boreal toads and more! Learn more here.
Something for Everyone, Every Time
That’s one trip around the zoo, but there’s more next time! The zoo has something for every age, and no two visits to the zoo are ever the same. From seasonal events to educational classes and camps, there’s always something new.
Spend a Day with Us!
Whether you start at the African Savanna or find your own way, there’s a day of fun waiting for you at the Hogle Zoo. Reserve your tickets today!