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2600 Sunnyside Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Hogle Zoo Description
A welcoming zoo with hundreds of animals, the Hogle Zoo has something for everyone: a pachyderm program for elephant lovers, and clever exhibits like one where children stick their heads up from an underground cave to look at marmots, gophers, and skunks scurrying around their habitats and another where kids become a zookeeper for the day (advanced registration necessary). Their primate collection is impressive: hear the hnim-mm-mm call of the spider monkeys and don't miss the black and white Eastern Colobus monkeys—the only Old World monkeys without opposable thumbs.
Babies: Nursing mothers can sit in one of several rocking chairs in a dedicated area inside the women's restroom near the entrance.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Discovery Land, with its Conservation Carousel (42 different hand-carved exotic animals) and train ride, is a surefire hit.
School-Age Kids: "What are those monkeys doing, Mommy?" is an uncomfortable question you're apt to hear when you walk through the Great Apes exhibit—the zoo is keeping males and females together in an effort to breed endangered animals.
- Borrow some wheels. Green wagons, single and double strollers, and wheelchairs are all available for rent for an extra charge.
- Bring a picnic. Guests are welcome to bring food and non-alcoholic drinks into the zoo for picnics on the grassy areas or the Peacock Pavilion.
- Take a class. Hogle Zoo offers various day classes, including Home Sweet Home (about burrowing animals) and Feisty Felines (about Asia's cats), for kids of all ages, adults, and even families.
- Check show times at the entrance. The bird show and the pachyderm program are both popular.
Just the Facts
Hours: March 1-October 31: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (entrance gate closes at 5), November 1-February 28: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (entrance gate closes at 4)
Fees: Under $10
Recommended Time: 2 - 4 hours