Lehigh Valley Zoo Welcomes Wallaby from Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Schnecksville, Pa. (July 21, 2015) – A little more magic is coming to Lehigh Valley Zoo. A Tammar wallaby from Disney World’s Animal Kingdom will join more than 300 animals when he goes on exhibit on Thursday, July 23. Not even two years old, Disney’s male wallaby was born on November 2, 2013. He will be joined by another Tammar wallaby from Los Angeles Zoo, born on September 5, 2013.
Native to Australia, the Tammar wallaby is one of the smallest wallaby species and is the only known land mammal able to survive off salt water. The Tammar wallaby was once widespread in south-western Western Australia and parts of South Australia. Threats include land clearing, fire and predation by introduced predators such as foxes and cats. Lehigh Valley Zoo will exhibit both wallabies next to the Zoo’s Emu and across from their relative Kangaroo species. The boys will remain at Lehigh Valley Zoo until they mature. Each will then travel to another Zoo to be paired with a female.
Join us at Lehigh Valley Zoo’s wallaby exhibit this Thursday at 1:30 p.m. for a special Zookeeper Talk.
For additional information, please contact:
Tim Glase, Director of Marketing & Events
Lehigh Valley Zoo
5150 Game Preserve Road, P.O. Box 519, Schnecksville, PA 18078
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.