|Melissa Borland, President/CEO
Lehigh Valley Zoo
December 1, 2017
|Schnecksville, PA – The Lehigh Valley Zoo announced today that Tatu, a 20 month old giraffe, arrived safely on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Born on Ground Hog Day (Feb. 2) 2016, Tatu is approaching 2-years old and was recommended by the Giraffe SSP to be moved from Greenville Zoo, South Carolina to the Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.
Tatu made the 650-mile trek from Greenville in an extra tall trailer. “To ensure a smooth transition from the Greenville Zoo, we worked together to secure experienced drivers who specialize in large animal transportation for zoos nationwide.” Said Melissa Borland, CEO/President of the Lehigh Valley Zoo. Being that Tatu and Murphy are not familiar with each other, Animal Care staff have worked with leading professionals in the zoo industry to create a successful integration plan between Tatu and Murphy. All interactions are progressing as planned. Members of the Animal Care Team are providing round the clock care, with rotating shifts spending the night sleeping in the barn. Lehigh Valley Zoo General Curator reports: “Our Tatu is doing great, and is already bonding with the keepers over his favorite treats of kale and grain.” Murphy and Tatu will be introduced gradually over the next several weeks.
Tatu the Giraffe
Lehigh Valley Zoo’s mission is to help save species from extinction through animal conservation leadership and to provide leadership in conservation science by celebrating, studying, and protecting wildlife and their habitats. Since 1980 there has been a 40% drop in the giraffe population and giraffes are considered an endangered species. The primary threats to the Masai Giraffe is habitat loss as a result of expanding human populations and poaching. “Offering space and expert animal care to Tatu is another way our zoo participates in the international 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:
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.