Zoos and Aviaries
When traveling the state of Utah, animal lovers should plan extra time in Salt Lake City to explore the beautiful exhibits at Utah's Hogle Zoo and the Tracy Aviary.
Located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon since 1931, Utah's Hogle Zoo is SLC's top paid attraction and one of the best spots to see animals in Utah. Spread out over 42 acres of hillside, meandering tree-covered pathways guide the visitor on a discovery of nature. Housing more than 800 animals from hundreds of species, the Utah zoo is recognized as one of the top zoos in the world and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Be sure to visit Asian Highlands, a re-creation of a Himalayan village featuring five endangered Asian cat species, and Elephant Encounter — where the Serengeti meets Salt Lake City — and spotlights African elephants and white rhinoceros. 2600 E Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City, (801) 582-1631, open daily year-round.
The Tracy Aviary maintains a collection of over 400 birds representing about 135 species. Come see the $1.1 million Destination Argentina! exhibit and flamingos, guira kookoos, red crested cardinals, elegant crested tinamou and the always-playful monk parakeets. The Kennecott Wetland Immersion Experience introduces you to a critical ecosystem in Utah, a stretch of ecologically diverse wetlands near the Great Salt Lake that fulfills critical habitat needs for some 7 million birds annually. This lively Utah aviary also includes exhibits such as the King of the Andes and The Owl Forest, all in the heart of one of Salt Lake's most prized urban park settings. The aviary is located at 589 E 1300 S, Salt Lake City (Southwest corner of Liberty Park) and is open year round. You can contact them at (801) 322-BIRD.
If you love wildlife, you owe it to yourself to check out this wonderful Utah aviary and zoo. You’ll see the most incredible animals in Utah, including indigenous and exotic species. Start planning your animal adventures now!