Lehigh Valley Zoo is excited to announce the construction of a new habitat for red pandas! We are reimagining the space that previously housed the North American prairie dogs into an exhibit that will stand the test of time. This habitat will be designed to meet the standards of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the zoo’s accrediting body. We will work closely with the AZA Species Survival Plan (SSP) to identify the best possible red pandas to welcome to our zoo in 2024.
As we build this exhibit, we are looking towards the future. As part of Lehigh Valley Zoo’s master plan, we will be introducing species native to Asia to the zoo. Red pandas are the first species that we plan to welcome from this region, and we are excited to continue to bring in new and different species, ones that have not yet been a part of our zoo family. The zoo plans to focus on species from the Himalayan region as they are temperature hardy and will be able to handle our North American climate year-round.
Lehigh Valley Zoo is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization that relies on the support of our community to grow and prosper. You can help us welcome red pandas to the Lehigh Valley through your donation to support the construction of this new habitat! Your meaningful gift is not only making an investment to welcome red pandas in 2024, but it is making an investment in the zoo’s ability to welcome new species in the future.
Red pandas are an endangered species, with a population reported to be less than 10,000 in the wild, as a result of deforestation, poaching, accidental trapping, and illegal pet trade. By providing a home for red pandas at Lehigh Valley Zoo, we will be focusing on the zoo’s vision of the conservation of the species, while educating our guests about the importance of wildlife conservation.
As part of this project, Lehigh Valley Zoo will support Red Panda Network, a conservation organization that works directly with local communities, empowering the people who live alongside red pandas to secure sustainable livelihoods and live harmoniously with local wildlife.
Community support remains crucial for Lehigh Valley Zoo to continue to provide the high level of care and habitats for the animal residents under our devoted care.
You can purchase enrichment items and needed supplies from one of our wishlists and directly support our lemurs and keeper staff!
Symbolically adopt a red panda to help us welcome Red Pandas in 2024! Each ADOPT an Animal package comes with a lovable plush, a photo of the animal, an animal fact sheet, a certificate of adoption, and daytime admission tickets to the zoo!
FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY the $250 ADOPT packages includes the 2024 Red Panda Pin and an invitation to visit our pandas before the exhibit opens to the public!