Baby Porcupine Joins Lehigh Valley Zoo Family
Schnecksville, Pa. (September 16, 2015) – Lehigh Valley Zoo has a new resident. On September 11, a Prehensile Tailed Porcupine, also known as a Brazilian Porcupine, was born. The baby porcupine is currently receiving care from Lehigh Valley Zoo education and veterinary staff. This marks the second Lehigh Valley Zoo birth in the past year, after a Scimitar Horned Oryx was born in April.
The Prehensile Tailed Porcupine (Coendou Prehensilis) is one of twenty-two species at the Zoo that are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan (SSP) program. Prehensile Tailed Porcupines live in forests between 150-2500 meters in elevation. They occur both in coastal and Amazonian areas of Peru. This species dwells in rainforest type habitats. Deforestation is taking place in these rain forested areas to grow crops. This is causing an area previously very diverse in species to become less inhabitable to animals. As part of the SSP initiative, the baby porcupine will eventually be transferred to another zoo to be part of the organization’s breeding program.
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.