World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Lehigh Valley Zoo

Article Id: WHEBN0027978826
Reproduction Date:

Title: Lehigh Valley Zoo  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Erie Zoo, Culture of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Lehigh Valley Zoo

Lehigh Valley Zoo
Entrance to the Lehigh Valley Zoo. June 2013.
Date opened 1974 [1]
Location Schnecksville, Pennsylvania
Coordinates
Land area 29 acres (11.7 ha) [1]
Number of animals 275 [2]
Number of species 70 [2]
Annual visitors 100,000 + 30,000 students (2011) [1]
Memberships AZA[3]
Website .org.lvzoowww

The Lehigh Valley Zoo is a 29-acre (11.7 ha) zoo located in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, United States, inside the 1,100-acre (445 ha) Trexler Nature Preserve. The zoo is open year round.

The Lehigh Valley Zoo has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since March 2006.[1]

History

In 1906, Harry Clay Trexler started purchasing farms in the Lowhill and North Whitehall townships of Pennsylvania to create a preserve to help protect bison, elk, and white-tailed deer. In all, he purchased 36 farms totaling 1,108 acres (448 ha) before he died, and then bequeathed the land to Lehigh County. In 1935, the area officially became the Trexler-Lehigh County Game Preserve.[4]

Construction on the children's zoo within the park began in 1974. When it opened, the zoo included petting and feeding exhibits as well as exotic animals from Africa, Asia, and Australia.[5]

In 2004, since the original purpose of saving native species had been accomplished, the county opened the entire preserve to the public.[4] At the same time, the Lehigh Valley Zoological Society took over management of the zoo within the park.[5]

Conservation

In 2009, the zoo was participating in three Species Survival Plans (SSP): African penguin, mongoose lemur, and scimitar-horned oryx.

Gallery

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d "Lehigh Valley Zoo Fact Sheet". lvzoo.org. Lehigh Valley Zoo. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Who We Are". lvzoo.org. Lehigh Valley Zoo. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "List of Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". aza.org. Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "History - 1935 - Present". trexlernaturepreserve.org.  
  5. ^ a b "History of the Zoo". lvzoo.org. Lehigh Valley Zoo. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 

External links

  • Official website
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.