Lehigh Valley Zoo
May 19, 2021
|(Schnecksville, PA) – Lehigh Valley Zoo is excited to announce that two new residents are swinging into the Lehigh Valley; female Mongoose Lemur Abby and male Mongoose Lemur Mico! Described as very sweet and curious, Abby, age 5, and Mico, age 6, are the newest breeding pair to be welcomed to the Lehigh Valley Zoo under the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)!
Listed as critically endangered on IUCN lists, Mongoose Lemurs like Abby and Mico are crucial ambassador animals for their species who live in Madagascar. The major threat facing these lemurs is habitat loss as forests are being cut down to clear room for cattle and charcoal production. They are also hunted for human consumption and used in the illegal pet trade. This is why conservation of their species is so important and the Lehigh Valley Zoo is part of AZA’s Species Survival Plan (SSP).
As a breeding pair, there is a possibility we could see baby lemurs in the future! Babies are usually born April-May and pairs will only have one baby per breeding season. Offspring are weaned within 5-6 months. We hope to one day see little lemurs climbing the trees in the exhibit!
Lehigh Valley Zoo is thrilled to welcome our newest residents and continue to save species for a brighter future. Be sure to stop by and say hello to Abby and Mico to learn how you can help conserve and protect the wonderful animals that call the earth home.
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, we have 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. Through 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.