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Utah's Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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3.9/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web
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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  • Recently visited with a daughter and her children when they were in town. The zoo has a great collection of animals of all kinds. Hogle Zoo is the kind of place where you can spend as much or as littl...  read more »
  • Hogle Zoo is an exceptional zoo. It borders on World Class. The zoo is always clean, has new exhibits, rides and fun for the whole family 
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Hogle Zoo. What made it even better was that we used or Connect Pass and got in free! So attractive and well planned The animals all looked healthy and well cared fo...  read more »
  • The Hogle Zoo is overall a pretty well done zoo. They've made a lot of changes over the last few years; some for the better, others not so much. I wouldn't say it even rivals any of the top 5 zoos in the nation, but it's really not bad. Some of the zoo is getting a bit dated, but they seem to be steadily updating things. Sadly, what I would have called as a few of their highlights, are actually exhibits that have been removed recently in favor of larger spaces for their African wildlife display. You also can't get anywhere near as close to the giraffes as you used to be able to (used to be able to practically feed them). It can get extremely hot here in the summer. There's a lot of asphalt and concrete that traps in the sun, and not a lot of shade. A normally hot day will feel much hotter at the zoo. They do allow outside food and drink, so it can be nice to plan ahead and bring a stroller or wagon with a cooler and some ice water; you can thank me later. Some of the more notable exhibits are the elephants and rhinos, their big cat area, penguins and polar bears, and be sure to catch a bird show if you can. Overall, not a bad zoo. There's certainly room for improvement, but it's not a bad place to burn an afternoon (and on even a warm day, "burning" is literally what you'll be doing).
  • This is my favorite zoo. They have a great selection of living creatures, a very outgoing staff and offer a lot of hands on activities. The enclosures are large, very natural looking and positioned in a way to get you very near the animals. Expect to spend at least 3 hours here, although we average around 5 with my curious little monsters.
  • 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.
  • Awesome zoo up by the University of Utah. Great place to bring the kids. They have some great polar bear and sea lion exhibit. I've been going to this place since I was a kid and is only gotten better. The only thing that I miss is that they removed the kid play area that my kiddos loved.
  • The sea lion show was my favorite! There are 3 baby lion cubs there right now, oh my heart was so happy to witness bath time with mama! The staff really care about the animals here, they abide to high standards of zoo facility expectations from what I hear, and have impressive training firsts like voluntary blood samples from the gorillas I believe. The seals and elephants get to do paintings and you can buy them from the gift shop and the money goes to wildlife conservation. I can't wait to go to Zoo Brew, I hope they start doing it weekly! Seems like they made the zoo smaller in the last few years so that they can focus and maintain it better.
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