EIN 87-0217405

Utah's Hogle Zoo

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Utah's Hogle Zoo creates champions for wildlife and serves as our community's gateway to animals by connecting visitors with the natural world and engaging them in local and worldwide conservation action. Since 1931, the zoo has housed over 650 animals, such as rhinos, gorillas, polar bears, tigers, giraffes, and lions. Families have been making lifelong memories at the zoo while learning about the animal kingdom.
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Utah Zoological Society
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Program areas at Utah's Hogle Zoo

Since 1931, Utah's Hogle Zoo, residing at the mouth of emigration canyon has been home to more than 650 animals, including rhinos, gorillas, polar bears, tigers, giraffes, and lions. Families have been creating memories for generations at the Zoo, learning about and connecting with these magnificent creatures. Zoo guests can experience lettuce being taken out of their hands by an 18-inch giraffe tongue or hear the slurping suction sound of a rhino being fed an apple. They can watch polar bears swim underwater and even take a selfie with a seal bobbing in the water behind the viewing glass. These are just a few examples of the amazing opportunities our guests can experience while connecting with these amazing animals. It is our mission to leverage these magical connections to create the greatest good possible. The animals are the ambassadors, and the Zoo is the vehicle for doing this work. We leverage that magical connection to educate people about the natural world. Indeed, we reach more than 69,000 k-12 students each year through our education classes and programs, free field trips, and informal science education enhancement programs - visiting 2nd-grade classrooms throughout Utah. We leverage that magical connection to help heal people. We provide dream night for 1,500 physically challenged, special needs, and chronically ill children. Through our collaboration with san diego Zoo wildlife alliance, videos are provided to primary children's hospital and the ronald macdonald house. We leverage that magical connection as an economic driver for our community. We leverage that magical connection to teach people how to take care of our collective backyards. We work with the jordan river commission to help our community take care of and restore the river. We work with the Utah division of wildlife resources to repatriate boreal toad populations and inform our community how to be "wild aware." Internationally, we help provide jobs and education to the people directly caring for elephants and lions in africa and foster a greater sense of security in the arctic regions by detecting polar bears and alerting the community before they arrive in town. At the height of the season, we provide over 350 direct jobs, and numerous indirect jobs, providing more than 25 million to Utah's economy each year. We engage more than four hundred volunteers in a variety of roles. Our Zoo teen program provides children science related job skills for the future. Importantly, we create champions for wildlife by making connections between people and animals to inspire action. Indeed, we envision a world where people and wildlife thrive together.

Grants made by Utah's Hogle Zoo

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Polar Bears InternationalPolar Bear Conservat$45,000
Gorongosa ProjectGogonosa National Pa$45,000
International Elephant FoundationElephant Conservatio$30,000
...and 4 more grants made

Who funds Utah's Hogle Zoo

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Janet Q Lawson FoundationGeneral Financial Support$40,000
Marriner S Eccles FoundationEquipment-Purchase of A New Ultracold Freezer for Animal Hospital$40,000
Larry H Miller and Gail Miller Family FoundationGeneral Financial Support$29,900
...and 14 more grants received

Personnel at Utah's Hogle Zoo

Douglas LundPresident and Chief Executive Officer$272,366
Steve BurnsPresident and Chief Executive Officer / President CEO$54,576
Cheryl RushtonDirector of Finance and Chief Financial Officer$151,357
Elizabeth LarsenVice President , Programs$170,613
Jeffrey VanekDirector of Human Resourc$118,866
...and 9 more key personnel

Financials for Utah's Hogle Zoo

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$9,446,459
Program services$11,361,749
Investment income and dividends$79,612
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-72,985
Net income from fundraising events$158,541
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$20,973,376

Form 990s for Utah's Hogle Zoo

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-06-15990View PDF
2021-122022-10-12990View PDF
2020-122021-06-08990View PDF
2019-122021-02-17990View PDF
2018-122019-12-13990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s

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Philadelphia ZooPhiladelphia, PA$35,542,324
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Chicago Zoological SocietyBrookfield, IL$64,594,406
Shedd AquariumChicago, IL$94,920,299
Zoological Society of CincinnatiCincinnati, OH$73,083,333
Pittsburgh Zoological and PPG AquariumPittsburgh, PA$28,895,919
The Maryland Zoo in BaltimoreBaltimore, MD$20,547,927
San Antonio Zoological SocietySan Antonio, TX$42,367,177
Alaska Sealife CenterSeward, AK$9,348,860
Data update history
December 25, 2023
Received grants
Identified 3 new grant, including a grant for $29,900 from Larry H Miller and Gail Miller Family Foundation
August 20, 2023
Received grants
Identified 12 new grant, including a grant for $3,000,000 from Alsam Foundation
August 8, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
August 2, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
July 24, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 2 new personnel
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ZoosAnimal organizationsMuseumsCharities
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General information
2600 Sunnyside Ave
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Metro area
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake County, UT
Website URL
(801) 584-1778
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
D50: Zoo, Zoological Society
NAICS code, primary
7121: Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
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