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As a member-supported non-profit organization, Lehigh Valley Zoological Society is ten years young, but as a treasured community landmark, our history spans over a century.  Founded in 1906 by General Harry C. Trexler, a local industrialist, the Lehigh Valleys Trexler Game Preserve has educated and entertained more than five million people.  General Trexler played a significant role in saving the North American bison from extinction by providing a place where both bison and elk could roam freely undisturbed.  In 1935, the County of Lehigh took ownership of the Preserve, and in 1974, construction began on the Preserve’s 29-acre Children’s Zoo.  In 2004, the Lehigh Valley Zoological Society assumed management of the Zoo, as well as the daily management of the bison and elk herd and the palominos in the 1,100-acre Trexler Nature Preserve.  General attendance at Lehigh Valley Zoo grew from 63,000 visitors in 2005 to over 135,000 guests in 2013 and over 35,000 students participated in our formal education programs. In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Zoo was voted Best Family Day Trip in The Morning Call’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Lehigh Valley Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the international organization that sets the highest standards for zoos and aquariums.  With more than 220 accredited members, representing the top ten percent of zoos and aquariums in North America, the AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and a link to helping animals in their native habitats.  Lehigh Valley Zoo is home to approximately 300 animal ambassadors representing 104 species, 36 of which are classified as endangered, threatened, or species of concern.

Lehigh Valley Zoological Society Board of Directors

Melissa Borland, President & CEO Lehigh Valley Zoo
Salvatore B. Verrastro, Chairperson – Spillman Farmer Architects
Douglas Smillie, Esq., Vice-Chairperson – Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.
John R. Hofmann Sr., Secretary – Sears Hometown Store 3083
Zachary A. Keenan, Treasurer – ParenteBeard, LLC
Ray Bridgeman – Bar Association of Lehigh County
Candace D. Carter, D.V.M., Ph.D. – Valley Central veterinary Referral Center
John A. Cigliano, Ph.D. – Cedar Crest College
Grace Cumberland – Capital BlueCross
David D. Druckenmiller – First  Niagara Bank
Amy E. Faivre, Ph.D. – Cedar Crest College
Carmella A. Faust – Univest Corporation
Wayne A. Grim – PPL Electric Utilities
Terese M. Haas – National Penn Bank
Reginald A. Hoyt – Delaware Valley College
John Jaindl – Jaindl Farms
Margaret I. Laxson – ESSA Bank & Trust
Michael S. Sullivan – PPL Electric Utilities
Brad Osborne – County of Lehigh
Richard D. Molchany – County of Lehigh

Lehigh Valley Zoo Senior Staff

Melissa Borland, President & CEO
Lehigh Valley Zoological Society
610-799-4171, ext. 226

Shirley A. Kline, Director of Development
610-799-4171, ext. 223

Sheri J. Peters, Director of Conservation Education
African Penguin SSP Education Advisor
610-799-4171, ext. 227

Melissa Rosevear, Director of Guest Services
610-799-4171, ext. 244

Scott Rosenbloom, VMD
Director of Veterinary Services and Chief Veterinarian
610-799-4171, ext. 250

Richard Rosevear, General Curator
610-799-4171, ext. 230

Josh Stettler, Manager of Facilities & Grounds
610-799-4171, ext. 222



5150 GAME PRESERVE ROAD, P.O. BOX 519 | SCHNECKSVILLE, PA 18078 | PHONE (610) 799-4171 | FAX (610) 799-4170