Lehigh Valley Zoo
October 24, 2019
|Schnecksville, PA – During the winter of 2018, the Lehigh Valley Zoo announced they were closing the Giraffe barn to guests through the winter months. This was done to ensure optimal temperature for our giraffe’s health, as Murphy was showing signs of not feeling well. After a great deal of testing, it was found that Murphy has crystal build up in his urine; which is a sign of stone development. Stones in the urinary tract are a significant issue for geriatric male giraffes, in most cases leading to the passing of the animal.
The Lehigh Valley Zoo professionals have an aggressive medical plan for Murphy – not only to help him when a stone is present, but also to prevent stones from forming.
President & CEO of the Lehigh Valley Zoo Melissa Lindenmuth states, “The last year has been tough for Murphy. Being that Murphy is a senior giraffe, health issues are expected; however, it does not make it any easier. Murphy is not only loved by the Lehigh Valley Zoo staff, but by the community as well. The highlight of my day is walking the zoo and seeing Murphy’s kind face. We will continue to monitor his progress and treat health issues, however, we also have to ensure he is comfortable and, if needed, help him through an end of life plan. Murphy may happily live with us for weeks or even years but at some point this issue is likely to be fatal for giraffes. We ask that you think of Murphy in his time of need, show him lots of love when you come to the Lehigh Valley Zoo, and understand when we have to keep Murphy off exhibit for medical care for he has needed to be off exhibit more and more often over the last few months.”
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