The Lehigh Valley Zoo welcomes zoo guests with service animals under the guidelines set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA). A service animal (usually a dog) is individually trained to perform specific tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability. Service animals are working animals, not pets. Pets are not permitted to enter the Zoo. Service animals must be properly harnessed or leashed, and always be under their owners’ control during their zoo visit. Guests with service animals are required to clean-up all defecation from their service animals while at the zoo.
We do ask that guests with a service animal check in with a manager upon entrance to the zoo so that we can review our zoo guidelines at the start of your visit. Our goal is to help you have a great zoo day and to also ensure our animals are safe and comfortable during your visit.
When open, the following areas are restricted to service animals due to the limited physical barriers between animals and guests:
If a guest wishes to visit these areas without their service animal, our Zoo Staff will be happy to help accommodate those requests.
A service animal may be asked to leave the zoo grounds should they cause a disruption to our zoo operations. Specific behaviors that may be cause for removal include:
If such behavior is observed by zoo staff, the service animal’s handler will be given reasonable opportunity to get the animal under control or remove it from the location themselves. In the event such a situation occurs, we will work with you to continue your visit in a manner that is safe for you, your service animal, zoo animals and zoo guests in the future.