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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. For Utah's Hogle Zoo and beyond, use our Salt Lake City tour planning site to get the most from your Salt Lake City vacation.
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  • Fun place to spend a warm day! So much to see and many exhibits that are high end and exciting! This isn't just a small town zoo.  more »
  • Very nice zoo. Once a month they have an adult evening, and they serve wine, by the glass for a nominal price, so you can peacefully visit without screaming kids. Loved it, can wait til summer  more »
  • As a cat lover, I was happy to see so many cats. They have a pride of lions (unusual) with info about them. Adorable sand cats and pallas cats which I hadn't seen before and that's always great fun. T...  more »
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  • Our kids (4 and 2) love this zoo, but come prepared to do some walking. They have strollers to rent but we always bring our own. Food is expensive if you eat there and decent quality. We typically bring our own food and eat at one of the many outdoor tables. The best deal if you go often is the family pass; only after 3-4 trips and then it's like free visits. The best time to come for most of the big animals (lion, elephant, bears, tigers) is when temperatures are cooler, like during the fall or early spring. When it's too hot, many animals don't want to be outside or be active. In fact, some of our most memorable visits have been when the weather is (to humans at least) not 'ideal', like rainy or snowy days.
  • I love this zoo. I was happy to see that they have pillar bears now. They put on an awesome and educational show with their sea lions that my 2 year old loved to watch. Their elephants are active and playful. Always fun to watch. This last visit we spent time in their play ground and my son loved it! I plan on going at least once a year with my kids!
  • If anyone ever asks you if the Hogle Zoo is worth visiting in the winter, don't hesitate: It is. The animals are out and about — at least most of them — and they're pretty active. You'll want to dress warmly, but you'll get an excellent zoo experience in late December. Maybe I'll have to go again in February to double check this idea. Hmm. Anyway, great zoo! I'm a big fan.
  • This is a fabulous little zoo. We went in a group with 6 kids ranging in age from 6 months to 8 years. Everyone had a good time. There is a great variety of animals. The employees of the zoo that we encountered were helpful, knowledgeable, and kind. The play area was a major hit, even after walking around all day. I would definitely recommend a visit to Hogle Zoo!
  • This zoo is a fun place, even in the cooler months. The exhibits are interesting and allow patrons to learn a lot while there. My toddler loves the carousel and train. There is a small mother's room where moms can have a little privacy while nursing their babies in the women's restroom at the entrance to the zoo which, although a little run down, is very helpful. It's a little expensive, but I imagine that feeding and taking care of exotic animals costs a lot, so I don't mind. One extra great thing is that they give veterans and their immediate family free entry on Veteran's Day.

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