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. 

Rhacodactylus chahoua

photo Rhacodactylus chahoua / Bavay's giant gecko
Other names: New Caledonian gecko, short-snouted New Caledonian gecko, Bavay's
giant gecko, mossy New Caledonian gecko, short-snouted New Caledonian gecko,
Bavay's giant gecko, or mossy prehensile-tailed gecko

Status
R. chahoua is currently being evaluated by CITES as a possible candidate for protective
status. 

Geographic Region
This species is endemic to New Caledonia 

Habitat
They live at elevations up to 500 m, This species inhabits gallery and closed forests 

Characteristics
Size: 5-6 in or 13-15 cm

Longevity: Wild Captivity 20-30 years

Physical Description: R. chahoua gets its common name from the moss or lichen-like pattern it displays. Colors range from rusty red and brown to green
or gray. There has been some notation that color could possibly be a geographic indicator in this species as the geckos from the outer islands most often display the lighter gray patterns. It commonly reaches a snout to vent length (SVL) of 5.5 in (14 cm). R. chahoua has a prehensile tail that allows it to grip branches and other things for balance while it is climbing.

Diet: They are opportunistic omnivores. Typically feeding on crickets and soft fruits.

Behavior: Nocturnal, night-active. Arboreal, tree-dwelling. It shelters by day in tree crevices and holes and forages at night in the canopy. 

Conservation
Use & Trade: Most of them that are in the pet trade are captive-bred, but there are always some that are taken from the wild. They live a long time in human care, which can cause problems with people abandoning them.