Lehigh County approves $525K to save zoo

February 12, 2009 5:37:59 AM PST
The Lehigh Valley Zoo is getting a $525,000 influx of funds to aid in its bid to stay open. Lehigh County Commissioners voted Wednesday night to provide that amount plus $325,000 to continue operating the zoo over the next five years.

About 100 residents attended the meeting to support keeping the zoo alive.

Commissioners Chairman Percy Daugherty said it would be a travesty to close the facility. But he says the commissioners will be looking to area school boards to help fund it as well, because so many children attend the zoo on class field trips and assignments.

Indeed, the 170-animal park's core audience is young families, and executive director Stacey Johnson has already proposed changing the name to the Lehigh Valley Children's Zoo.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

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