Lehigh Valley Zoo
IT’S RED PANDAMONIUM AT THE LEHIGH VALLEY ZOO!
(Schnecksville, PA) –Lehigh Valley Zoois excited to announce the construction of a new habitat for red pandas. The Zoo plans to work closely with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums(AZA) and its Species Survival Plan (SSP) to identify the best possible red pandas to welcome to the Zoo in 2024.
The Zoo is reimagining the space that previously housed the North American prairie dogs into an exhibit that will stand the test of time. This habitat will be designed to meet the standards of the AZA, the zoo’s accrediting body.
“As we build this exhibit, we are looking towards the future,” said Amanda Shurr, President and CEO. “As part of Lehigh Valley Zoo’s master plan, we will be introducing species native to Asia to the zoo. Red pandas are the first species that we plan to welcome from this region, and we are excited to continue to bring in new and different species, ones that have not yet been a part of our zoo family.”
LV Zoo plans to focus on species from the Himalayan region as they are temperature-hardy and will be able to handle the North American climate year-round.
Red pandas are an endangered species with a population reported to be fewer than 10,000 in the wild as a result of deforestation, poaching, accidental trapping, and illegal pet trade. Providing a home for red pandas at Lehigh Valley Zoo supports the Zoo’s vision of the conservation of the species, while educating our guests about the importance of wildlife conservation.
Lehigh Valley Zoo is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization that relies on the support of our community to grow and prosper. The community can help welcome red pandas to the Lehigh Valley by visiting lvzoo.org/red-panda. Individual gifts not only make an investment to welcome red pandas in 2024, but also make an investment in the Zoo’s ability to welcome new species in the future. All individual donors who contribute at least $500 will receive recognition on exhibit signage. For a limited time, the Red Panda ADOPT package includes an invitation for two to a cocktail party to view the habitat before it opens to the public, along with donors who contribute at least $250.
Guests can visit current LV Zoo residents during Winter Hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdaythrough Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at lvzoo.org. In addition, the 10th Anniversary of Winter Light Spectacular, presented by Service Electric TV & Communications and powered by Christmas Décor, is underway with 31 remaining dates through Dec. 31. Please visit winterlightspectacular.com to purchase tickets or review hours, activities, and performance times.
As a member-supported non-profit organization, Lehigh Valley Zoological Society was founded in 2004, but it has been treasured community landmark for centuries. Located in the Lehigh Valley’s Trexler Game Preserve, the mission of the Lehigh Valley Zoo is to connect its community with nature to empower people to protect wildlife. We have achieved our mission and educated 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. To learn more about Lehigh Valley Zoo, we invite you to visit our website, www.lvzoo.org, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.