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. 

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Mandarin Duck

The Mandarin duck is a sexually dimorphic species, meaning males and females differ in appearance. The male has a rich, colorful appearance, which includes brown cheeks and a long brown and white crown sweeping back from the top of the head. The chest is dark purple, with black and white stripes, and the wings are brown with an iridescent blue-green edge. This striking coloration helps the male attract the less-colorful females, which display brownish-black plumage with white markings around the eyes and along the throat.

RANGE
The Mandarin duck can be found in eastern Russia, China and Japan.

STATUS
Common

HABITAT
The species lives in forest habitats with accessible ponds and streams.

NICHE
The Mandarin duck feeds primarily on seeds, grains and wetland plants. The species will also add snails, insects and small fish to its diet.

LIFE HISTORY
Males and female pairs often remain together for several breeding seasons. The female builds her nest in a tree hole. This nesting spot can reach up to 30 feet above the ground. Soon after hatching, the 9-12 Mandarin ducklings that make up a typical brood leap to the ground in response to the calls of their mother. The chicks land unhurt, afterwards proceeding to the water to feed.

SPECIAL ADAPTATIONS
Like all ducks, the Mandarin duck's feet are thin and flat, making it easier for them to paddle through the water.