The Utah Hogle Zoo
The Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City is Utah’s only zoo and wildlife sanctuary. Occupying 42-acre’s, it houses many animals from several varied and diverse ecosystems. The zoo sits at the bottom of Emigration Canyon. Pronounced “ho-gul”, the zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).
Originally located in Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park, Hogle zoo moved into its current location in 1931. The land was donated by Mr. and Mrs. James A. Hogle. In 1936, the zoo purchased it’s first elephant, Princess Alice, from a traveling circus. She later gave birth to the first elephant born in Utah. His name was Prince Utah and sadly he passed away at just eleven months of age.
Currently the zoo boasts exhibits showcasing various reptiles, birds, and mammals from around the world. The zoo is owned by the city of Salt Lake City, and operations are funded through tax dollars and private donations generated by the Utah Zoological Society.
The zoo maintains several amazing attractions including a great ape building, a primate forest, temperate zones, desert zones, tropic zones, a rainforest atrium, an elephant play area, replica Asian highlands, and a red panda exhibit.
To ensure animal health and vitality, most of the animals at Hogle Zoo have a Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is administered under the AZA. This plan is designed to ensure genetic diversity for certain species. The SSP pairs animals together for mating based on their unique gene pool. As an example, Baron and Nabu, a female and male lion, were paired by the Lion Species Survival Plan. They were given approval to mate by the SSP, due to having different genes, in which insures genetically diverse offspring. Stemming from this program, the Zoo celebrated their first lion cub offspring in 2016. The majority of animals with Species Survival Plans are animals facing the threat of endangerment or extinction.
Conservation efforts at Hogle include a reduce, reuse, recycle program, water conservation, and earth-friendly biodegradable products. This zoo’s efforts were recognized in 2005 by the Recycling Coalition of Utah, and it received the Thomas A. Martin Utah Recycler of the Year award for a non-profit business.