Baby Oryx Now Ready for Exhibit at Lehigh Valley Zoo
Schnecksville, Pa. (August 10, 2015) – This past April many guests at Lehigh Valley Zoo had the opportunity to witness the birth of a Scimitar Horned Oryx, which was born on the afternoon of April 25. It was an exciting experience, as our guests cheered the baby as it wobbled to its feet, and watching it bond with mother through its first feeding of life.
Mom and Baby are doing just fine these days. They will be back on exhibit after a much-needed time to bond as mother and child and receive the proper care by Lehigh Valley Zoo animal care and veterinary staff.
Zoo goers will be able to see mother and calf be reintegrated into exhibit between on the following days: Thursday, August 13; Saturday, August 15; and Tuesday, August 18.
“We wanted to be assured of the calf’s good health and ability to be with the rest of the herd on exhibit,” said Rich Rosevear, general curator at Lehigh Valley Zoo.
The Scimitar Horned Oryx (Oryx dammah) is a species of Oryx now classified as extinct in the wild and is one of twenty-two species at the Zoo that are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan program. Once widespread in northern Africa, the Scimitar Horned Oryx was hunted almost to extinction for its horns, hoofs, hide, and meat. The Scimitar Horned Oryx can now only be seen in Zoos, such as Lehigh Valley Zoo. It is because of the great work of AZA accredited Zoos and their Species Survival program, that these amazing animals still have a place to live, grow and hopefully one day, be released back into their habitat of origin.
Guests can visit Lehigh Valley Zoo every day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. General Admission tickets at $13.00 for adults, $12.00 for seniors 65 years and older, and $11.00 for children ages 2-11. Lehigh Valley Zoo is located at 5150 Game Preserve Road, P.O. Box 519, Schnecksville, PA 18078.
For additional information, please contact:
Tim Glase, Director of Marketing & Events
Lehigh Valley Zoo
gro.oozvlnull@esalgt; 610-799-4171, ext. 224
About Lehigh Valley Zoo: As a non-profit organization, Lehigh Valley Zoo is eleven years young, but as a treasured community landmark, our history spans over a century. Lehigh Valley Zoo, located in the heart of the Trexler Nature Preserve, is home to more than 325 animal ambassadors representing over 125 species. The Zoo’s animal collection includes 22 species collectively managed through Species Survival Plan Program™ (SSP), administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). As a means to share important conservation messaging with Zoo guests and contribute to field conservation, the Zoo contributes to, participates in, and initiates wildlife conservation programs at home and in the field. The Zoo’s full-circle conservation projects spotlight: Spotted Turtle (local), Eastern Spadefoot Toad (local), Mexican Gray Wolf (national), African Penguin (international), Scimitar-horned Oryx (international), Prehensile-tailed Porcupine (international), and Aoudad (international).
Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Zoo hosts year-round family-friendly events and activities, educational programs, and camps. During the 2014 calendar year, attendance reached over 175,000. Lehigh Valley Zoo is proud to be listed as an educational improvement organization under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC). Open year-round, the Zoo was voted Best Family Day Trip in The Morning Call’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2009-2014 and Best Family-Friendly Outing in Lehigh Valley Style’s Best of the Lehigh Valley 2014 and 2015. To learn more about Lehigh Valley Zoo, visit our website, www.lvzoo.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.