Community Development administers the contracts covering appropriations to the zoos. Currently Willow Park Zoo and Hogle Zoo receive funding from the State.
During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $0 from all sources for Zoos. This is a 100 percent reduction from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $0 from the General/Education Funds, a reduction of 100 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.
Willow Park Zoo Willow Park Zoo was established in 1971 and started as an aviary. The zoo currently has approximately 100 species of animal. The bulk of the zoo's funding comes from Cache County and Logan City with a small portion appropriated from the state. The zoo has not been accredited.
Hogle Zoo Hogle Zoo originated at Liberty Park. The original zoo consisted of deer, monkeys, an elephant and several birds and mammals. The Hogle Zoo has been at its current location since 1931. The zoo is an accredited member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. The Hogle Zoo is owned by Salt Lake City and is supported by tax dollars and private donations raised by the Utah Zoological Society. There are currently 1,100 animals at the zoo representing 250 different species.
COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.