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LOCATION
Mailing Address: 5150 Game Preserve Road, P.O. Box 519, Schnecksville, PA 18078
The Zoo is located in the heart of the scenic 1,100-acre Trexler Nature Preserve.  Lehigh Valley Zoo is approximately seven miles north of Route 22 and just fourteen miles from downtown Allentown and accessible from Routes 309, 100, and 78.
 
HISTORY
As a member-supported non-profit organization, Lehigh Valley Zoological Society is ten years young, but as a treasured community landmark, our history spans over a century.  Founded in 1906 by General Harry C. Trexler, a local industrialist, the Lehigh Valleys Trexler Game Preserve has educated and entertained more than five million people.  General Trexler played a significant role in saving the North American bison from extinction by providing a place where both bison and elk could roam freely undisturbed.  In 1935, the County of Lehigh took ownership of the Preserve, and in 1974, construction began on the Preserve’s 29-acre Zoo.  In 2004, the Lehigh Valley Zoological Society assumed management of the Zoo, as well as the daily management of the bison and elk herd and the palominos in the 1,100-acre Trexler Nature Preserve.  General attendance at Lehigh Valley Zoo grew from 63,000 visitors in 2005 to over 125,000 visitors in 2013 and over 35,000 students participated in our formal education programs.  In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 the Zoo was voted Best Family Day Trip in The Morning Call’s Readers’ Choice Awards. 
 
MISSION
Lehigh Valley Zoo’s mission is to create a safe, engaging and enlightening wildlife experience for guests of all ages as it demonstrates leadership in the cultural, scientific and conservation communities.
 
ACCREDITATION
Lehigh Valley Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the international organization that sets the highest standards for zoos and aquariums.  With more than 220 accredited members, representing the top ten percent of zoos and aquariums in North America, the AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and a link to helping animals in their native habitats. Lehigh Valley Zoo is home to approximately 300 animal ambassadors representing 104 species, 36 of which are classified as endangered, threatened, or species of concern.
 
DAYTIME ZOO HOURS
Lehigh Valley Zoo is open year round except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.  The Zoo is open daily April through October 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and November through March 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (weather permitting).
 
MEMBERSHIP
Join the Zoo for unlimited visits, unlimited Smart FUN all year long!  Family memberships start at just $99 and include free Zoo admission, free or discounted admission to more than 150 zoos and aquariums nationwide, and discounts on education programs, family workshops, birthday parties, facility rentals, Café food, gift shop purchases, and much more!  Click here for Zoo Membership form.
 
INFORMATION
Phone: 610-799-4171; Fax: 610-799-4170
Website: www.lvzoo.org
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MEDIA CONTACT
Richard D. Molchany, President & CEO
Lehigh Valley Zoological Society
610-799-4171, ext. 226
rmolchany@lvzoo.org

 

 

 
 
5150 GAME PRESERVE ROAD, P.O. BOX 519 | SCHNECKSVILLE, PA 18078 | PHONE (610) 799-4171 | FAX (610) 799-4170