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Community Safety Day - Guests, first responders enjoy zoo event

Visitors to the Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Rd, Schnecksville, recently had an opportunity to interact with their local emergency services during the zoo’s third annual Community Safety Day Aug. 15.

The event featured visiting emergency personnel from Northern Valley EMS, Schnecksville Community Fire Company No. 1 and Neffs Volunteer Fire Company Station 16, as well as horseback officers from the Bethlehem Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit.

First responders distributed informational pamphlets, coloring books and firefighting helmets to younger guests and also provided close-up looks at their rescue vehicles, uniforms and equipment.

The Mounted Patrol Unit offered zoogoers the opportunity to pet their horses, and visitors also had the chance to chat with Sparky the Fire Dog to learn more about fire safety.

Additionally, visitors also enjoyed the zoo’s exhibits – particularly the giraffes, kangaroos, ostriches, penguins and wolves - and participated in the goat and swan feeding activities.

The Lehigh Valley Zoo is currently open with reservations required and timed ticketing procedures in place. Zoogoers over age 2 are required to wear appropriate face coverings, maintain 6 feet of social distance and follow the one-way directional arrows around the zoo.

Press photos by Sairt Laschinsky DSC_0373: Officers Justin Madera and Albert Strydesky, from the Bethlehem Police Department's Mounted Patrol Unit, greet zoo visitors and answer any questions about the patrol unit and their equine partners – Pharaoh and George – Aug. 15 at Lehigh Valley Zoo.
DSC_0382: Emma, Logan and Chris Crocker of Bethlehem Township are ready to fight brush fires from the driver's seat of Schnecksville Fire Company's UTV off-road vehicle during Community Safety Day.
DSC_0398: Katey and Russell Fabian of Bethlehem stopped to pet George the horse and have a chat with his rider, officer Albert Strydesky of the Bethlehem Mounted Patrol Unit, during the Aug. 15 Community Safety Day.
DSC_0407: Zoo goers meet and pet the horses from the Bethlehem Police Department's Mounted Patrol Unit, speak with the officers and learn more about the unit's history and purpose during the Aug. 15 Community Safety Day.