Asian Highlands opened in 2006 after the old Feline Building was renovated to depict an Asian Highlands village with various locations throughout the village to view our cats in a naturalistic environment. In 2018, an area in the front of Asian Highlands was added to house red pandas. Two Amur leopard cubs are considered the newest residents at Asian Highlands. Born Christmas day in 2021 at Utah’s Hogle Zoo, the sibling duo (male and female) are offspring Zeya and Dmitri.
When you get hungry you can enjoy specialty cuisine in our eating area, the Cat Wok Café, with plenty of covered seating with great views
Only open during summer months
The Janet Quinney Lawson Red Panda Exhibit, was made possible by a generous donation by the Quinney Foundation as well as numerous donations from red panda lovers. The exhibit has been open since May 2, 2018.
The Zoo is now home to a male red panda, Mow Mow. He came from the Trevor Zoo in Millbrook, NY. The exhibit features close to 36-degree viewing: two areas for nose-to-nose encounters and views from the upper dining deck in Asian Highlands. The exhibit is also equipped with cooling spots and a recirculating water feature.
Red pandas are an endangered species native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. Often confused with a raccoon or fox, the red panda is mainly active at dawn and dusk, and mostly eats bamboo. Thick, red fur covers their entire body, including the soles of their feet, to conserve body heat.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo works with the Red Panda Network to help save this species in the wild. The Zoo and Red Panda Network help train and equip Forest Guardians, protecting native habitats from logging and deforestation. www.redpandanetwork.org.