Maxine, Me and Melissa at Hogle Zoo.
This was one of the stops on our Salt Lake City Sightseeing Bus Tour. We thoroughly enjoyed viewing the city from the open air bus, however once we got to the zoo we were all eager to get off and do some exploring.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is the state’s largest zoo, housing animals from diverse ecosystems. It is located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. The zoo was founded and is operated by the Hogle family.
With so many options, we thought it best to get some food before we ventured too far.
Finding food actually turned out to be quite difficult. The zoo is great but the food options were poor.
Cute juice bottles for the kids.
We ended up snacking on some popcorn until we found some decent looking food later in the day.
Inside the gift store we found many cute things for Charles. We oooooh-ed and aaaah-ed there for a while. I looked for something specific that I wanted to buy for Justin, but I did not have any luck finding what I wanted.
Opened in 2005, this exhibit houses white rhinoceros and African elephants in four exhibit areas. There are several view points from which to observe the animals, including an artificial kopje. A nearby thatch-roof building displays interpretive items such as elephant bones and rhinoceros hide to educate visitors.
Before it was moved to its current site, the zoo elephant, Alice, had the only Asian elephant born in Utah. His name was Prince Utah and he died at 11 months old.
At first we didn’t notice the sleeping sloth to the left, but once we did we were quite fascinated by him. Sloths are slow-moving mammals that live in the trees of the rainforests in South and Central America. They hang from branches, back downward, and feed on leaves and fruits. They sleep for roughly 10 hours a day. Sounds good to me!!
He had his head tucked into his belly, and one hand shielding his face from the light.
It was amusing to watch people view this area. They would look at the birds and animals below, but their faces always lit up as they spotted the sleeping sloth hanging from a branch!
Melissa, Maxine, and Sue.
This elephant statue made noises and sprayed water out of his trunk. The kids went crazy for it!
When they are born they weigh a mere 1 oz (28 grams), and as adults they weigh about 2 pounds (0.9 kg). Their normal life span is around 10 years. The dark markings around their eyes act as built-in sunglasses.
A group of meerkats is called a “mob”/ a “gang”. The mob is usually between 5 and 30 members. haha, those little guys have to stick together. When you are that size – it’s safety in numbers!!!**
A cute baby turtle.
A squirrel monkey named Baker was sent on space mission in the 1950s. Baker and a rhesus monkey named Able launched aboard a Jupiter AM-18 rocket on May 28, 1959. The pair returned to Earth alive after a 15-minute flight, becoming the first primates to survive a trip to space.
I LOVE Iguana’s!!
(Have a look at this awesome orange lizard that I got to hold in Melaka, Malaysia)
Iguana’s live in places where water is abundant, like tropical rain forests. These guys are able to hold their breath for up to 30 minutes, and they can fall 40-50 meters without being injured!!!
I have never met anyone else as afraid of moths as I am…. except for Melissa. In fact, a harmless moth could probably be the end of Mel and I if we were ever trapped in a room with one. We both fear them getting stuck in our hair!!
Temperate/ Sub-tropical Zones
In the Asian Highlights area of the zoo, the others sat down to relax and enjoy some ice cream. I wondered off and found a Chinese home (aka “Grandma’s Home”) decorated with authentic goods.
Canned Chinese foods.
Inside this replica home I settled down to have a chat with one of the zookeepers. I learnt a lot of interesting things while talking to her. We sat looking through a big glass window which faced a cat enclosure. I watched two siberian lynx playing in the grass.
All of the animals in this Asian Highlights exhibit represent areas of Asia with climates similar to Utah and are able to be outside, in their exhibits, year-round.
A Siberian Lynx
We sought temporary relief under these misters.
These bats reminded me of my dusk runs in China. The bats would fly all around me as I ran next to the river, occasionally swooping just passed me! I was petrified that one of them would fly into me!
I noticed that there were people inside the building behind the giraffes so we ventured to the side of the enclosure to try and find a way in. There were stairs leading to an upper deck. It would have been pretty awesome to see the giraffes up close from here, but they were more than happy to stay outside. One of them kept peering around the wall to see what we were doing. None of our “giraffe-calls” worked (yes, we made up giraffe noises!!)
Here I am trying to demonstrate how much work it is for a giraffe to bend down and drink water.
We only saw this sign as we were leaving!!
Rocky Shores is the largest exhibit ever created at Utah’s Hogle Zoo, and is a major step in the transformation to a 21st century zoo. The opening of Rock Shores also marked the much-anticipated return of polar bears.
Melissa, me, Aunty Sue.
Having fun in the water.
Mel and I waited for the polar bear to get into the water but he never did.
This polar bear looked hot and bothered. He paced back and forth, and we never saw him sit down once. This really made me sad because polar bears are meant to be in the cold, and he looked very frustrated!
Polar Bear paw, my hand, and a Grizzly Bear paw.
Of the 20,000 – 25,000 polar bears left in nature, only a handful are tracked by scientists in this manner. These collars are made of plastic belting material that sheds water and ice. These collars provide a rare glimpse into the life of the bears that is much less invasive than trying to follow them out on the sea ice. There is no other practical means of learning about bears in winter when there is 25 hours of darkness. Without research, we would not know what climate change is doing to the bears.
Three big bears.
Momma bear and her two little bears cooling off near the giant fan mister.
I enjoyed watching the seals jump from the rocks into the water, and then swim quickly passed the glass walls,where children stood watching them. I think that they like to perform!
Near the Primate Building.
Look Justin, I’m almost as tall as an Adult Male!!!
Lazy day for this big guy!
Two baby birds in an eagle’s nest.
With its timeless appeal and classic design, the Conservation Carousel is destined to become one of the Hogle Zoo’s most beloved attractions. It features 42 hand-carved animals.
These two put on quite a show. I put my hand on the glass and they immediately reacted by jumping around, clapping, and acting silly!! 🙂
After a couple of hours at the zoo, we made our way back to the bus stop to catch the sightseeing bus again.
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