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2600 Sunnyside Ave.

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Prices vary by season
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Home to more than 800 animals, Hogle Zoo allows visitors to get up-close and personal with its residents. Visitors can feed the zoo's giraffes, rhinos and gorillas (for additional fees), an activity that recent guests loved. Don't forget to pay a visit to Zuri. This African elephant was born at the zoo in 2009. In 2014, the zoo added the African Savanna exhibit, which is home to giraffes, zebras, ostrich and African lions. Take the zoo's Safari Express Train to see the exhibit with ease. Other on-site attractions include a carousel and splash pad.

Most visitors agree that, although this isn't the best zoo in the country, a visit here is worth the price of entry. Recent visitors were especially pleased with the size of the animal enclosures and also noted that the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

The Hogle Zoo sits just east of the University of Utah campus and is open daily starting at 9 or 10 a.m., although closing times vary depending on the season. Admission costs between $16.95 and $18.95 for adults and $12.95 and $14.95 for children, depending on the time of year. Parking is free and outside food and nonalcoholic beverages are permitted. Arriving via car is the easiest way to reach the zoo. Visit the zoo's website for more information.

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