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Hogle Zoo
2600 East Sunnyside Ave
Salt Lake City
UT
84108
Tel: (801) 582-1631

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Utah's Hogle Zoo is a Utah treasure. Located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon since 1931, the Zoo is one of the top visited attractions in the state of Utah and the number one paid tourist attraction in Salt Lake City. Spread out over 42 acres, it's natural hillside terrain and meandering tree-covered pathways enhance the visitor experience as you discover the wonders of the natural world.
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    The Zoo was okay but we would go to the Tracy Aviary or the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium again before coming back here. It has been redone from the last time I had been here and it looks really nice. However, it felt like a lot of the exhibits were either empty or the animals were not able to be seen. The only big animals we saw were lions, brown bears, and elephants. There is almost no shade from trees or anything so it was very hot while walking around. The main marketing push I've heard all summer was the safari exhibit which consisted of...Read More

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    I have visited a few zoos worldwide, from the brilliant to the mundane, the gigantic to the toyishly small. My home zoo in Boise punches above its weight class for such a small zoo. It's cozy without being cloying, and it even has two tigers and lions, impressively enough.
    I was expecting something somewhat grander with Salt Lake City's Hogle Zoo, but I'm sorry to say that even though it was generally a good outing, it fell far short of expectations for a zoo that services such a large metropolitan area.
    There were a few strange things, such as...Read More

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    My experience at this zoo for my first time was absolutely horrifying. The place seemed cool until I saw the lions. They where laying near the glass window. There where 2 mothers with about 3 childrens. The children where kicking the glass! The mothers just sat their and watched and didn't tell them not to do that. Also, I noticed, their fox habitat it tiny. It was very sad. Most the animals where pacing back and forth. They where in little cages, with children pressed against the glass yelling at them to move and stuff. To make things worse, When...Read More

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    Yesterday, I took my toddler to the Hogle Zoo to celebrate his birthday, we had fun seeing the all of the animals; however our first visit ever to the zoo started really bad when one of the employees, a manager I believe, who does not know what customer service is, was very rude to us. There is a policy that there are not balloons allowed in the zoo and my baby had gotten a balloon and we brought it with us. Being our first visit I was not aware of this rule and we were never warned, as we walked in this man who is an employee and one of the manager...Read More

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    In the past this zoo has been under construction and difficult to get around and not a lot of interesting animals to see. This year though, we took a chance to take our kids, and we were pleasantly surprised! We went in August and there was no construction, a new train ride, a splash pad for kids to get soaking wet. It was fun, if you get a chance take your kids!

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by Ryan Mower

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The Zoo was okay but we would go to the Tracy Aviary or the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium again before coming back here. It has been redone from the last time I had been here and it looks really nice. However, it felt like a lot of the exhibits were either empty or the animals were not able to be seen. The only big animals we saw were lions, brown bears, and elephants. There is almost no shade from trees or anything so it was very hot while walking around. The main marketing push I've heard all summer was the safari exhibit which consisted of one ostrich and about 10 smaller birds. So that was pretty disappointing. I would recommend seeing the bird show. That was done very well. Overall, for the price you pay you don't end up seeing very much.

by Frederic Woodbridge

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I have visited a few zoos worldwide, from the brilliant to the mundane, the gigantic to the toyishly small. My home zoo in Boise punches above its weight class for such a small zoo. It's cozy without being cloying, and it even has two tigers and lions, impressively enough.
I was expecting something somewhat grander with Salt Lake City's Hogle Zoo, but I'm sorry to say that even though it was generally a good outing, it fell far short of expectations for a zoo that services such a large metropolitan area.
There were a few strange things, such as too many of the exhibits didn't open at the same time the zoo did! A few attractions didn't open until almost two hours after. The Polar Bear enclosure looked like it wouldn't be out of place in the Sahara and more than a few animals were nowhere to be seen.
Not to mention that the first thing you see upon entering is a large construction area, and the train out of commission. We were made to understand this new section would open in the Spring 2014. It wasn't open in the last week of May, a bit late for "Spring".

by Alice Darkskie

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My experience at this zoo for my first time was absolutely horrifying. The place seemed cool until I saw the lions. They where laying near the glass window. There where 2 mothers with about 3 childrens. The children where kicking the glass! The mothers just sat their and watched and didn't tell them not to do that. Also, I noticed, their fox habitat it tiny. It was very sad. Most the animals where pacing back and forth. They where in little cages, with children pressed against the glass yelling at them to move and stuff. To make things worse, When I got over to the Black Footed Cats, One of them was sleeping. Two little kids come up to it and where banging their fists on the glass. There parents where no where to be seen. So parents don't watch their kids and teach them NOT to bang or kick the glass. The habitats are pretty small. And the tiger looked underfed. I really do not want to come back to this place.

by Lisbeth Black

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Yesterday, I took my toddler to the Hogle Zoo to celebrate his birthday, we had fun seeing the all of the animals; however our first visit ever to the zoo started really bad when one of the employees, a manager I believe, who does not know what customer service is, was very rude to us. There is a policy that there are not balloons allowed in the zoo and my baby had gotten a balloon and we brought it with us. Being our first visit I was not aware of this rule and we were never warned, as we walked in this man who is an employee and one of the manager or supervisor cuts me off stands in front of me, right in front of my face and starts demanding to tell him who let us in at the gate, I was very confuse since I was trying put our tickets away and catch up to my husband. He keeps on demanding, not asking the same thing over again and tells me that that my son can't have his balloon. Now mind you, I do not know how you would have felt in my position, when you are being pretty much yelled at in public and you have to zoo employees in your face, with your son crying because a complete stranger is trying to approach him to take his balloon. I am not mad about the balloon, I really am not I am beyond words mad at this man who treated me and my son with so much disrespect, and never had the decency to offer us an apology. I hope this is not ignored by the Hogle Zoo, and I hope this gentleman is taught how to treat customers! I am so mad about all of this I would think twice about ever going back! It is a real shame that a person like this is in a managing position.

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