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It’s good news for the animals. It’s good news for Salt Lake City. It’s good news for the people of Utah.
Hogle Zoo won’t be moving, but will remain where it has been located for 72 years – near the mouth of Emigration Canyon. Better still, the zoo’s facilities will likely be expanded across the street on some 50 acres that are part of This is the Place Heritage Park.
No more talk of moving the zoo elsewhere!
With that prudent decision finally made comes the challenge of determining precisely how Heritage Park and the zoo will expand their operations. They have agreed to work together on expansion plans, according to a "letter of intent" released by both organizations on August 12.
The bigger challenge will be coming up with the money needed to accomplish the dream, perhaps $100 million or more. Just as the Hogle family generously donated the land for the zoo in 1931, new philanthropic benefactors surely can be found to lend their support to the cause. And a willing public should step in to do its share.
The park and the zoo are significant cultural assets in the Utah community. Because of their proximity to each other, KSL believes their stature and popularity will only increase as they work together to expand and partially integrate their appealing operations.