EDUCATION + SCHOOLS

How does the Hogle Zoo move animals during a fire

Oct 28, 2022, 4:00 PM | Updated: Nov 21, 2022, 1:15 pm

How does the Utah Hogle Zoo transport animals during a fire?...

Salt Lake City Fire Department, station ten, helped make the drill more realistic for staff. (Utah's Hogle Zoo)

(Utah's Hogle Zoo)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Hogle Zoo held a fire drill on Oct.26 while the zoo remained open. In a Twitter post, the zoo said they hold these drills periodically in case a real fire occurs with visitors. 

Salt Lake City Fire Department, station ten, helped make the drill more realistic for staff. The department carried out a “victim” and performed first-aid during the drill. 

Following the drill, the zoo team and fire department debriefed on what went well. Also, they discussed what could be improved for a real-life situation. 

Hogle Zoo moving animals during a fire

Now, you’re probably thinking “how in the world do you move a big animal, like an elephant, during a fire?”

Jeffrey Landry, Zoological Risk Manager has the answer. 

For larger animals, Landry said a shelter-in-place may potentially occur or crating of the animals. For example, if a fire happened at the elephant building, sprinkler systems would go off, a remote would open the doors to the enclosure, and the elephants would shelter in place at the working yard, allowing a safe distance from the building. 

Landry said the same is true for other enclosures of big animals such as rhinos, a remote can open all doors to the enclosure, making for an easy exit plan to keep the animals safe. 

“I’ve been here twenty-five years and we’ve never had one,” Landry said when asked if the zoo has experienced an enclosure fire. Furthermore, he said two types of fire drills are run periodically to prepare for such a fire. In addition to a structure fire, the zoo prepares for wildfires as well. 

“A little bit earlier in the year we actually prepared for a wildland fire. Hogle Zoo is right at the mouth of the immigration canyon, it’s entirely possible.” Jeffrey Landry said. “We have a lot of natural disaster protocols in place, the staff knows to look for embers…we have plans for every single building on how either harden it or move the animals out.” 

Landry also stressed that as important as the animals’ safety is, visitor safety is equally as important and the two drills the zoos teams practice help keep both safe. 

Related: Utah’s Hogle Zoo expanding east side with an all-Utah species exhibit

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Education + Schools

Rare earth minerals...

Don Brinkerhoff

 Rare earth minerals found in Utah, Colorado, are critical for cleaner energy sources

Rare earth minerals have been found in Utah and Colorado mines according to University of Utah researchers.

5 hours ago

food is sorted, kids more open to food insecurity during summer months...

Britt Johnson

Summertime leaves kids vulnerable to food insecurity

The president of the Utah Food Bank said kids who rely on school breakfast and lunch will face food insecurity this summer.

1 day ago

Photo courtesy of Getty Images...

Curt Gresseth

Liberal arts education is a good choice for students, says professor

Education in the liberal arts is trending down in the US, but a University of Pennsylvania professor argues for pursuing liberal arts.

3 days ago

students walk on the U of U campus,...

Aimee Cobabe

University of Utah changes policy on tuition coverage for student employees

The University of Utah is changing its policy on covering tuition costs for employees. Not everyone is pleased with this change.

4 days ago

Gardens grown at the Utah State Correctional Facility...

Heather Peterson

New department prepares inmates for life after prison

A new prison program aims to help inmates gain work skills and training to to be successful for life after prison.

4 days ago

(Copper Mountain Middle School)...

Eliza Pace

Utah seventh grader helps friend cross the finish line of school race

A Utah seventh grade student is being praised for helping his friend cross the finish line at their school race.

4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.

...

Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

How does the Hogle Zoo move animals during a fire