Lehigh Valley Zoo
Posted March 13, 2020 | 10:50AM
Updated March 26, 2020 | 11:45AM
|To our Valued Supporters:
During this time of uncertainty, we look to each other as a community to help move forward and eventually past that which threatens our health.
The Lehigh Valley Zoo remains committed to the safety of our guests, staff and volunteers; therefore, the zoo will remain temporarily closed through April 30. We are completely focused on being responsible and supportive of our community, and providing care to the animals under our devoted attention. This will assure their safety, health and happiness so they will be ready and waiting for your visit when the time arrives.
We remain committed to our core purpose – to create an engaging wildlife experience while being a leader in the conservation community. It inspires our work, our conservation education programs, and our commitment to wildlife conservation. We are working hard to #SustainOurMission despite not being able to be open for our guests. We are #ClosedButStillCaring for our animals, so that when we return, we will be back in full force to provide you with an educational wildlife experience. The decisions we make and your support during this difficult time will help assure our longevity as a valued community treasure.
As a community, we will no doubt feel the effects for months, if not years, to come. We are so appreciative to those who have reached out and asked how to help, how our animals are, and to thank our dedicated Animal Care and Education staffs. As a zoo, we value and rely on your support to continue to make a difference in wildlife conservation. Once we reopen, we hope you will come to the zoo, and come often, to visit our loveable animals and support our mission.
During this closure, the Lehigh Valley Zoo would love to have your support and we have identified the primary ways in which you can help.
Help us to #SustainOurMission by making a donation today. A small, monthly donation or a larger, one-time donation will help us care for the animals during this critical time and allow us to continue to be a leader in wildlife conservation once we reach the other side of this pandemic.
Social distancing is key, and who better to be the figurehead for this movement than Bean, our resident Linnaes’ Two-Toed Sloth. We urge you to #BeLikeBean by lounging around, enjoying your favorite snacks, and keeping social distancing a priority, all while you wearing our limited edition Bean shirt!
Wear your support
The Lehigh Valley Zoo now has a Redbubble store! Support your local zoo with exclusive shirts, mugs, phone cases, and more. Who ever said you can’t practice social distancing in style? Plus, all proceeds from your purchase go towards Lehigh Valley Zoo’s mission of animal conservation and education during this critical time.
Helping out an organization who’s a leader in conservation and getting awesome new merchandiss featuring your favorite animals? Sounds like a win-win!
ADOPT an Animal
Missing our animals? Symbolically ADOPT one today! Your adopted animal will remain at Lehigh Valley Zoo under the care of our professional staff, ready and waiting for you to visit! We will issue a digital certificate, fact sheet and photo for you to gift to the recipient for the time being. Once our staff is cleared to resume normal operations your ADOPT package will be promptly prepared for pickup, or if requested, shipping. We thank you for your understanding and support during this time!
Purchase a gift card
Gift cards are great way to show your support. They never expire and can be used to purchase a membership, tokens, encounters and merchandise at our gift shop.
Buy or renew a membership
NEW MEMBERS: Want to buy a membership but don’t want to miss any of your 12 months of fun?! Buying your membership now will help us #SustainOurMission while we are closed. We will begin your 12 months once the Zoo opens back up for normal business. All cards and tokens will be available for pickup upon your first visit to the zoo.
EXISTING MEMBERS: We recognize everyone has been affected by the disruption, therefore Lehigh Valley Zoo would like to offer an extension to your membership. We will extend your expiration date for as many weeks as we are closed. We hope the extension will allow your concerns to remain where they should be, with the health and well being of you and your family. At this time there is nothing that you need to do in order to take advantage of this extension – it will be automatic. Upon your first visit back to the zoo we will update your existing membership cards with a new expiration date.
Connect with us on social media
Follow and share our posts and educational content. Let us know what you’re doing to spread kindness during quarantine. Be sure to use #LVZoo #ClosedButStillCaring #SustainOurMission #BeLikeBean so that we can follow along and share in the caring!
For more information on COVID-19 please click on the links below. Remember to wash those paws, cover those sneezes and coughs, and be kind to one other!
As a member-supported non-profit organization, Lehigh Valley Zoological Society was founded in 2004, but as a treasured community landmark, the Zoo’s history spans over a century. Founded in 1906 by General Harry C. Trexler, a local industrialist, the Lehigh Valley’s Trexler Game Preserve has educated and entertained more than five million people.
Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Lehigh Valley Zoo hosts year-round, family-friendly events and activities, educational programs, and camps. With a mission to create a safe, engaging and enlightening wildlife experience for guests of all ages, the Zoo demonstrates leadership in the cultural, scientific and conservation communities. To learn more about Lehigh Valley Zoo, we invite you to visit our website, www.lvzoo.org, or follow us on Facebook @LVZOO.