April 17, 2018 – Schnecksville, PA: The Lehigh Valley Zoo announced today that an 8-month-old Snowy Owl is on exhibit at the zoo. The owlet making Lehigh Valley its home was part of a clutch of 4 chicks hatched by parents at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. This little guy is too young to breed and needs somewhere to grow and mature. As part of its commitment to protecting endangered species, the Lehigh Valley Zoo provides a home to animals retired from breeding, or not yet recommended for breeding. While residing at the zoo, the owlet will be monitored to ensure he receives the proper diet and care needed to mature into a healthy adult owl.
Since he is still young, the owlet has black barring across his chest, back and wings. As he ages, the barring will fade to black flecks on primarily white plumage. Females retain the black barring throughout their lives. The owlet enjoys tubs with shaved ice on warm days so watch for him splashing about as the weather heats up this summer.
Sadly, the little owlet does not have a name. Our Zoo Keepers would like the members and guests of the zoo to participate in naming him. There is a box in the front office of the zoo where we are collecting name suggestions. Please stop by in April and May to see the owlet and to submit your entry for the Owlet Naming Contest. The contest winner will get a 2018 zoo prize pack and tickets!
Zoo’s Mission to Protect Endangered Animals
Lehigh Valley Zoo’s mission is to help save species from extinction through animal conservation leadership and to provide guidance in conservation science by celebrating, studying, and protecting wildlife and their habitats. The Snowy Owl is endangered because these owls have a hard time finding enough food. Poachers also kill them to make money from the lovely feathers of this type of owl. Trapping them has resulted in their numbers taking quite a dip in the past couple of decades. “Offering space and expert animal care to this young owlet is another way our zoo participates in the effort to protect this endangered species.” said CEO/President Melissa Borland.
Lehigh Valley Zoo is located at 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, PA 18078.
About the Lehigh Valley Zoo:
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.