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Grand Opening of Rothrock Red Panda Peak Set for June 7

Grand Opening of Rothrock Red Panda Peak Set for June 7

by Lehigh Valley Zoo

Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash

LV Zoo’s new red panda exhibit opens for guests at 10 a.m.

Lehigh Valley Zoo is excited to announce that the grand opening of its newest exhibit, Rothrock Red Panda Peak, is set for Friday, June 7, when the zoo opens to the public at 10 a.m. This marks the first time red pandas, an endangered species, will reside at LV Zoo.

The modern habitat was designed to meet the standards of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the zoo’s accrediting body, as well as to maximize the welfare of red pandas. LV Zoo worked in conjunction with D&S Elite Construction, Inc. to build an exhibit that provides guests with an up-close experience and the ability to learn about the plight of this endangered species.

The completion of the project was made possible with the support of David, Patrina, and Kian Rothrock.

Red pandas have a population reported to be fewer than 10,000 in the wild due to deforestation, poaching, accidental trapping, and illegal pet trade. Providing a home for red pandas at LV Zoo supports the zoo’s vision of partnering with the community to be a leader in conservation education and action. The community can still support LV Zoo’s red pandas by visiting All individual donors who contribute at least $500 will receive recognition on exhibit signage. LV Zoo is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on the support of our community to operate and expand.

Rothrock Red Panda Peak is LV Zoo’s second new exhibit in as many years after the opening of Habitat Madagascar – which houses mongoose lemurs, red ruffed lemurs, and tortoises – on May 26, 2023.

Beginning on June 7, guests can visit the red pandas and all current LV Zoo residents seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at

As a member-supported non-profit organization, Lehigh Valley Zoological Society was founded in 2004, but it has been a treasured community landmark for centuries. Located in the Lehigh Valley’s Trexler Game Preserve, the mission of the Lehigh Valley Zoo is to connect its community with nature to empower people to protect wildlife. We have achieved our mission and educated more than five million people. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Lehigh Valley Zoo hosts year-round, family-friendly events and activities, educational programs, and camps. To learn more about Lehigh Valley Zoo, we invite you to visit our website,, or follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.