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New tortoise exhibit comes to Lehigh Valley Zoo

N. WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. – The Lehigh Valley Zoo announced Wednesday it’s taken another step to connect people with nature.

The zoo says it began a $350,000 capital campaign to bring Aldabra tortoises to the Lehigh Valley.

According to a news release from the zoo, the Aldabra tortoise needs a specific environment to thrive. So Spillman, Farmer Architects designed an ultramodern Tortoise Hut to provide an enclosed environment for two tortoises.

The hut will provide several areas to give the tortoises choices for basking, hiding and bathing and is humidity-controlled.

Visitors will be able to enter the building and view the tortoises during the colder months of the year and will have the opportunity to take part in feeding both inside and outside the exhibit. Paths along the outside of the area are available for visitors to walk on to see the creatures during warmer weather.

“The support of new zoo initiatives has been outstanding.” said Melissa Borland, President and
CEO of Lehigh Valley Zoo. “Bringing tortoises to the Lehigh Valley Zoo is the second stage in our
three-stage plan to update our African exhibits. We want to create an open environment that will enhance the stay of our animals as well as the quality of their lives. We could not have embarked on the strategic plan of building a series of exhibits that comprise our African Trail without the generosity of our donors, members, volunteers, and staff. We rely on the community’s kindness to help the zoo reach its goal of building a year-round Aldabra Tortoise Hut.”

To give a donation to the exhibit, you can purchase plush Aldabra tortoises for adoption on the zoo’s website or check out the other options on the page.