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Hogle Zoo will host zoo and aquariums conference

Submitted by Hogle Zoo,

Utah’s Hogle Zoo will close to the public on Sept. 21 to host Zoo Day during the annual national conference of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

This will be the first time the zoo will host the conference, which is usually held at larger facilities.

More than 2,000 zoo friends will converge on Salt Lake City for the conference that will be held mostly in the Salt Palace Convention center, with the conference icebreaker at Library Square.

AZA delegates will spend the conference in workshops, sharing ideas and solutions and pushing to make a difference in the public’s zoological experience.

Zoo Day is a chance for zoo professionals to explore and experience Hogle Zoo, and will include behind-the-scenes tours, live entertainment and a catered lunch and dinner.

The AZA represents more than 225 accredited zoos and aquariums and accredited facilities are ‘the best of the best’ in animal facilities in the country, according to the association.

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More than 6,000 professionals work in the AZA community and more than 250 are commercial members.

AZA-accredited institutions provided $160 million in support of approximately 2,700 conservations projects in more than 115 countries and zoo and aquarium professionals contribute to hundreds of conservation, biology and veterinary science publications.

Hogle Zoo, which has been a Utah staple for more than 80 years, receives more than 1.2 million visitors a year and sits alongside Utah’s National Parks as among the Top 5 paid-for attractions in the state.

The 42-acre zoo features the new African Savanna — home to giraffes, zebras, ostrich and lions — an Elephant Encounter, Rocky Shores which houses a polar bear, grizzly bears, seals and sea lions), a great apes facility and Asian Highlands — featuring Siberian tigers and other big cats.

Hogle offers thousands of free admission tickets a year to school children for field trips.

For more information, visit http://www.hoglezoo.org.