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This 42-acre, modern zoo near the entrance to Emigration Canyon is home to 1,100 animals representing over 250 species. Take a stroll through a solarium with exotic plants and birds, tropical gardens, rare Grevy's zebras, and a giraffe house with a balcony so you can look eye-to-eye with the tall-necked creatures. One of the younger residents of the zoo is Zuri, an African elephant born at the zoo in 2009. In summer, rides on a small replica of an 1869 steam train are offered for the bargain price of $1. As with any zoo, it's best to visit in a cooler season, or at least the coolest part of the day, when more animals are out and about. Allow 1 to 2 hours. The Discovery Theatre presents three children's programs daily.