New initiatives within the works at Lehigh Valley Zoo

SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. – Change is within the air on the Lehigh Valley Zoo.

There have been some updates to the penguin dwelling, and a brand new giraffe shall be becoming a member of the zoo subsequent month. 

“A part of our mission right here on the Lehigh Valley Zoo is conservation, and Earth Day is all about conservation of the Earth and the world round us, so we’re actually excited to have the ability to promote that and rejoice that right here within the Lehigh Valley,” mentioned Amanda Shurr, President and CEO of the zoo.

The Lehigh Valley Zoo is all the time searching for methods to herald new animals, and supply them the very best, up-to-date properties.

“It is essential for us, for our animals, after all, that is at the start, so we’re all the time going to be making enhancements right here to make their lives higher,” Shurr mentioned.

And this yr, they’re specializing in their penguin area.

“The principle factor we’re gonna work on is the outside of the exhibit, which you’ll be able to see whenever you get proper into the zoo,” Shurr mentioned. “We’re additionally going to be including fixtures to make them happier. As they grow old it is more durable for them to get across the pond.”

The extra they really feel at dwelling, the higher.

“South Africa, their habitat, is numerous rocky shores,” mentioned Maggie Morse, the Curator at Lehigh Valley Zoo. “We wish to replicate as a lot of their African habitat as finest we will.”

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And, there’s all the time room for animals to affix the crew. The zoo introduced that they are welcoming a brand new giraffe!

“Once we constructed this exhibit it was constructed for multiple giraffe so we’re actually excited to welcome one other giraffe to be buddies with Tatu,” Shurr mentioned.

The zoo says the addition is a part of the giraffe Species Survival Plan (SSP) program.