Zoo

The Zoo at Chehaw is home to 234 specimens representing over 73 different species. Enjoy natural, outdoor exhibits including Cheetahs, Black Rhinoceros’, Meerkats, Black Bears, Alligators, and many more, while you stroll through our scenic boardwalks and cypress swamp. Participate in animal feedings and keeper talks every weekend. Chehaw’s African Veldt Ride is free with admission, and will take you through our largest exhibit where seven different species roam in natural herds. The Zoo at Chehaw undergoes regular, thorough investigation to ensure that it has met, and will to continue to meet, ever-rising standards. These standards encompass animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. 

Yellow Backed Duiker

Cephalophus silvicultor

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Yellow-backed duikers get their name from the yellow hairs (rest of the body is blackish-brown) that run down their arched backs. Their short front legs and tall back legs result in this arched back – an adaptation for diving swiftly into vegetation for safety. Yellow-backed duikers have the largest brain relative to body size of any antelope as well as acute senses of vision and hearing. They will often follow birds or primates around to eat any dropped fruit. These duikers are generally seen alone or in pairs as they are very shy and elusive. Both males and females possess short horns, but it is thought that the females are more territorial because their horns are regularly broken. They also possess preorbital glands, which they use to mark their territory. Males will fight when their territory is invaded. Females may share territory with a single male if they are in a semi-detached pair relationship.

Miniature Jersey Cow

Bos taurus

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Habitat: A domestic breed of cow, originated in the United States

Jerseys come in all shades of brown, from light tan to almost black. They are frequently fawn in colour. All purebred Jerseys have a lighter band around their muzzle, a dark switch (long hair on the end of the tail), and black hooves, although in recent years color regulations have been relaxed to allow a broadening of the gene pool. The cows are calm and docile animals, but tend to be a little more nervous than other dairy cow breeds. Jersey bulls are another matter. While all dairy bulls are considered as dangerous animals, Jersey bulls are considered by many to be the least docile of the dairy breeds. The cows are also highly recommended cows for first time owners and marginal pasture.

Brindled Wildebeest

Connochaetes taurinus

Side view of a Wildebeest sitting.

Animal's Behavior
Wildebeest are great migrators, with thousands migrating all at once in search of food. They can sense thunderstorms from a distance of 30 miles away and will follow the rain across their range. They live in herds and will create an impressive stampede to discourage predators.

Eating Habits
Wildebeest are herbivores, eating grasses and leaves. They may travel as much as 1,000 miles per year in search of food.

Range
Eastern and southern Africa.

Conservation Efforts
Although rated as species of “Least Concern,” wildebeest populations are declining as habitats are reduced and restricted. The construction of fences, for example, restricts the traditional expansive migration patterns of wildebeest.

Animal Facts
Wildebeest are a type of large antelope that can weigh up to 500 pounds and live an average of 20 years.