The zoo was originally situated in Liberty Park until public clamor led to the steady increase of its zoo inventory. In 1931, the zoo relocated to a piece of land at the mouth of Emigration Canyon, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Hogles. The Salt Lake Zoological Society was formed to develop the zoo, replaced by the Utah Zoological Society in 1951.
Over 800 animals from around the world reside in the zoo's natural environment. The animals are spread out in zones like the Himalayan-inspired Asian Highlands, where five endangered Asian cats live, and the large Elephant Encounter exhibit, where African elephants and white rhinoceroses reside.
Visitors can interact and feed animals like giraffes and birds through the zoo's Up-close Animal Encounters. Hogle's birds have their very own 25-minute show during the summer called The World of Flight Bird Show, showcasing free-flying eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and parrots. Wildlife enthusiasts of all ages can attend educational zoo classes where they can read stories, do crafts, study geography and meet with zoo keepers.
Hogle Zoo also offers two unique rides that lend for better wildlife appreciation. The Zoo Train goes around the east end of the Zoo, passing animals that can be seen up close. There's also the Conservation Carousel, a merry-go-round that displays 42 hand-carved endangered species and two chariots. The proceeds of the carousel go to the zoo's conservation efforts.
Visitors can enjoy themed dining selections such as the Beastro, Cat Wok Cafe and Oasis Café. Souvenirs and everyday items are sold at the Wild Zootique, Bear Essentials and the Sherpa Stop.
Hogle Zoo also operates the 9000-square foot L.S. Skaggs Animal Health Center.
The zoo receives over a million visitors yearly and is recognized by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.