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Utah's Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City
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For a chance to discover some of the world's most diverse ecosystems without leaving Utah, visit Utah's Hogle Zoo. The site houses over 1,000 animals from around the globe, including white rhinoceros, African elephants, Siberian lynx, Amur tigers, polar bears, and sea lions. Recognized for its conservation efforts, the zoo implements a "reduce, reuse, and recycle" program and strives to teach the public about the importance of safeguarding the planet's biodegradable products. Start your adventure at the zoo's African savanna, a mixed-species exhibit featuring zebras, ostriches, giraffes, and lions. To touch and feed some of these wild creatures, visit the zoo's website and sign up for a personal animal encounter. Plan to see Utah's Hogle Zoo and other attractions that appeal to you using our Salt Lake City family vacation planner.
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  • Great place to spend with the kids. Train ride was $2/pp 5 min rode but totally worth it. Very fun and educative. Kid friendly. Wide variety of species to view. 
  • I grew up going to the San Diego Zoo so my idea of a Zoo is humongous. But for the size of property Hogle Zoo has to work with they are putting it to good use. The new improvements are making it fun t...  more »
  • The Hogle Zoo is a great family attraction. Small enough that you get to see the whole zoo without tiring out. 
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  • Our family LOVES Hogle Zoo. Its not so big that I feel dead after our that we have to miss anything. I really appreciate having a family membership since that means I can go whenever and not worry about making sure if I get my days money's worth. We can go for two hours or less or we can go the whole day and we don't have to worry about getting there 2 hours before closing since we can come back anytime. NOTE: the Garlic Parmesan Fries I'm the area where the polar meat and deals are. ..The Best! I would go to the zoo just for these fries!
  • Fun zoo. A lot of the animals were hiding, but most were out and doing animal stuff. I was impressed with how clean it is and I only saw a couple of people who were actively cleaning things. They are really good or the visitors are really respectful. All of the interpretive staff my family interacted with were very friendly and knowledgeable. Nice touches on some of the walkways having interesting textures and imprints of plants and animals tracks. It's a shame everyone else was wearing shoes; the brave barefoot ones like me get the full experience 😅👣
  • Well, first I'll start with the good. The staff is so enthusiastic about their job and they're always happy to help! They're better than ever before! The train that goes around the zoo (you know, the one we would beg our parents to take us on when we were kids?) has been extended and gets closer to the exhibits and is more exciting! Now for the (long) list of bad.. They got rid of so many animals and exhibits! Desert animals? Gone. Bats and cave animals? Gone. Penguins? Gone. Butterfly/green house? Gone. Remember how you used to be able to feed some of the animals? For free might I add. Now you can only feed the giraffes, at certain times, and you have to pay $5.00 for 3 pieces of lettuce, yes $5.00 for 3 pieces of lettuce, and you have to wait in a 30-45 minute long line on top of that. You used to be able to feed them a hand full of hay or straw (or something like that) for free, whenever you wanted. The new setup/layout makes you have to walk so far! I didn't even go to all the exhibits and I walked 5.73 miles! They are not keeping an eye on guests whatsoever, when I was there I saw a family, the mom was wearing no shoes and was showing a little too much underbutt, the children were sitting in, practically bathing in the original lion drinking fountain, and their infant was sitting in the stroller, wearing nothing! A "security guard" even walked right passed them and said, nothing! I used to love going to the zoo, I always looked forward to it, and was especially excited if I was going with a friend! Now, you'd have to drag me to the zoo if you wanted me to go. I still go at least once every year just because it's something I've always done and it'd feel wrong to not do it. I'm so sad to see that this happen to the zoo.
  • Always a good experience. Been here frequently for 10 years, and it's changed a lot. Favorite exhibit is Rocky Shores. Always fun to watch the seals, sea lions, otters, etc play around. Biggest problem is the crowds. Every exhibit is crowded, without exception. The Reptile House is full of loud children, which I realize isn't the zoo's fault but should be taken into account. Overall, a good experience, but I'd love to see what it's like without all the crowds.
  • Great place for kids. They have a wide range of events throughout the year and seem to treat the animals well. The zoo keepers are also very informative and helpful. The exhibits are much improved over recent years.