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. 

Incilius alvarius

Range: Southeastern California and Arizona south to Sinaloa, Mexico; Colorado river drainage in California.


Habitat: Permanently damp areas of deserts, but also found in mesquite-creosote bush lowlands, and mountain canyons. Can be found from sea level to 5300 feet.
Characteristics: Olive green with a white wart near the angle of the jaw. A large toad with cranial crests, elongated parotid glands, raised warts on hind legs, no obvious mid-dorsal stripe.


Behavior: Toads spend most of the time underground, having dug themselves in or usurped abandoned rodent burrows. Spring rains trigger emergence and signal the beginning of breeding season. After breeding and storing an adequate supply of fat, the toad again burrows into the ground where they overwinter.


Reproduction: These toads breed from May to July when rain water collects in pools providing a moist environment for the young. Each night, for a few days, the male toad cries out identifying their strengths as potential mates. 1 female can generate 8,000 eggs per mating. Tadpoles hatch in 2-12 days.