News from Hogle Zoo (Sept 21)

It's a Baby Burro

Utah's Hogle Zoo and the Bureau of Land Management are pleased to announce the birth of this little guy - a baby burro! 
 
  
Baby burro, aka "Burro-ito"
 
For the past two years, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Utah's Hogle Zoo have partnered to bring wild horses and burros to Hogle Zoo. The animals typically arrive in April and remain at the Zoo through October, greeting guests riding the train. 

Hogle Zoo is the temporary home to two wild mustangs, two burros and now this baby, born Tuesday, Sept. 6. Affectionately referred to as "Burro-ito" by its keepers, the little guy is settling in nicely, adjusting well to animal care staff and getting along great with the other burro and mustangs.
 
This partnership has allowed the BLM to showcase a small sampling of the wild horses and burros (donkeys) that are available for adoption or sale within their program. 
Any member of the public who is interested in adopting the wild horses or burros after they leave the Zoo in late October, can contact guest services to receive information about adopting the BLM animals, or leave a message on the Utah Wild Horse and Burro Hotline, 801-539-4050 to be contacted about adoption options. 
  
  
Two burros and mustangs after arrival in the spring
 

Those not spoken for by the end of September will be available for adoption in early October through the BLM's wild horse and burro facility located in Delta, Utah.
The BLM protects, manages and controls wild horses and burros under the authority of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. The act declares that wild horses and burros are "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West." The BLM and U.S. Forest Service manage herds, in their respective jurisdictions, within areas these animals were found roaming wild in 1971.

The BLM's goal is to ensure that healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands.

For more information about the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program, visit: www.blm.gov

 
 
 
 ** MEDIA IS INVITED TO GET FOOTAGE OF THE NEW BURRO, daily from 9-10a. Crews should check in at guest services and ask for Erica Hansen, 801-541-6112. **

Utah's Hogle Zoo is one of only 228 accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).  Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.  AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.

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