|Lehigh Valley Zoo
February 14, 2018
|Schnecksville, PA: Zoo staff is saddened to report that Lexy, a Canada lynx and a fixture at the Lehigh Valley Zoo for nearly two decades, has passed away. At nearly 19 years of age, Lexy was the oldest living lynx on record within the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) lynx population. The average Canada lynx typically lives into its early to mid-teens.
Born May 1, 1999, Lexy arrived at the Lehigh Valley Zoo less than a year later. She was still growing into her gigantic, fluffy paws when she first made the Lehigh Valley her home. In her younger days, Lexy often enjoyed climbing the trees within her habitat to survey guests and birds. As she aged, she became more fond of lounging in the sun alongside her pond and batting at frogs. In her later years, keepers spent a great deal of time developing enrichment items to keep Lexy active and healthy.
“We will miss her dearly,” said Melissa Borland, President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Zoo. “Her empty enclosure, an everyday reminder of our loss, is tough for both zoo staff and guests.”
Lexy first showed signs of illness in January when it was determined that she was suffering from kidney failure, a common illness in geriatric cats. Similar to older domestic cats, the disease is often progressive.
“I am so proud of our team as they worked through her end of life plan, constantly enriching her life in creative ways. Lexy was an amazing and much loved wild cat. She’ll be remembered for her majestic beauty as well as her affectionate and charming personality.”
A memorial plaque will be placed at Lexy’s enclosure. An announcement regarding its placement will be made soon.
About the Lehigh Valley Zoo:
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