Lehigh Valley Zoo
February 13, 2020
|Schnecksville, PA – It is with heavy hearts that the Lehigh Valley Zoo announces the death of its Mexican grey wolf, Alpha, who passed away Tuesday morning after veterinary and keeper staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize. Alpha was one of three wolves, all brothers, who have been at the Lehigh Valley Zoo for 10 years.
Alpha presented neurologic signs for several days prior, and veterinary and keeper staff began to monitor him constantly and provide supportive care over the following days. His mental and physical health showed no signs of improvement and by Monday into Tuesday, his health took a sharp decline. A necropsy showed that Alpha was suffering from a brain tumor that was most likely the root cause of the neurologic signs observed by zoo staff.
The wolves have been an iconic species at the Lehigh Valley Zoo for many years and guests have always enjoyed watching the pack explore its habitat. Alpha contributed greatly to the Lehigh Valley community, as well as to his species, and his grace and beauty will forever be remembered by all who had the good fortune to see him. Keeper staff will continue to closely monitor the remaining two wolves to ensure they continue to thrive despite the loss of their pack leader. The Lehigh Valley Zoo appreciate the community’s support during this difficult time.
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.