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Location :
2600 East Sunnyside Avenue
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
(801) 582-1631
Hours (2011):
Spring and Summer: 9am-6:30pm
Fall and Winter: 9am-5:30pm
Prices (2011):
Adults: $9.00
meerkat Seniors (65 and older): $7.00
Children (3 to 12): $7.00
Children 2 and younger: Free

Utah's Hogle zoo is one of my favorite places to visit. I have been a member for a couple of years now, and there are some pretty cool benefits of being a member. Besides the fact that your membership guarantees a certain amount of money that the zoo gets to use on upkeep and new offerings, the membership also gives you access to special events that are not open to the general public (like behind the scenes sort of things), and you get discounts or free entry to a number of participating reciprocal zoos across the country.

If you haven't been to the zoo lately, you will be pleased to know that there have been a lot of changes going on. Not only are the exhibits cool (a marvelous elephant enclosure--complete with Zuri the baby, the Asian tigers and of course babies regularly make an appearance,) but there are always spcial educational programs, classes, an annual wildlife art show and even a travel program going to all corners of the world to keep you wanting to keep coming back.

The zoo is home to more than 100 endangered species. For most people, the only place to ever be able to see these critters is in a managed place like a zoo. Not only is it difficult or impossible for the average joe to get to the locations where these guys live, but it can also be dangerous to the animal to try to get too close in the wild.

Crowd watching bird show The "World of Flight" bird show that is shown at various times throughout the day is an entertaining and educational look a t the behavior and facts on some of the bird residents. In this show, visitors are treated to displays of raptors swooping in from perches high on the hillside to pick off a morsel offered by the trainer. If you are lucky to be in the right place, you might even feel the swoosh of air as the bird flies above your head. You might also be asked to participate in a demonstration by holding out a dollar bill for a bird to come and take from your hand. (Don't worry, the trainer will give it back :-).

You might also want to take a train ride through the painted desert and the prairie dog display, or have a ride on the carosel.

Tortoise And, there are several annual events that are fun for all:

  • Halloween "Boo at the Zoo", a fun event held in October that offers a safe place for the kiddies to dress up and get some treats.
  • A Docent Program
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Breakfast with Santa
  • And many more events throughout the year.

Backroads of Utah
by Theresa A. Husarik

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