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. 

Burhinus capensis

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This largely terrestrial bird has large spots on its back and a barred tail. Leg joints are knobby. Eyes are large and yellow. Face is brown, and bill is black. Breast is cinnamon streaked and spotted with blackish-brown.

Range: Eastern and southern Africa

Habitat Dry savannah and grasslands, bare sandy and stony areas, usually avoiding water

Life Expectancy: 8 years

Sexual Maturity: 2 years

Diet: In the wild, they eat insects, crustaceans, mollusks, frogs and some seeds.

Status: IUCN - Least Concern

Behaviors:
Spotted dikkops are monogamous birds and solitary nesters. The incubation period is 24 days, and the clutch size is usually 2 eggs. Both parents incubate, feed and protect the young. Sometimes they are seen in organized flocks of 40-50 birds. On hot days, they lie on the ground with their feet outstretched behind them. Males are quite vocal and aggressive. Both parents will defend the nest.

Adaptions
Their coloring is good camouflage for their environment. Defensive behavior can be an adaptation. To lure a predator away from the nest or young, one of the parents may flop helplessly on the ground, pretending to have a broken wing. After catching the predator’s attention, this parent lures the predator away. When the nest and young are out of harm’s way, the parent miraculously recovers and flies away unharmed, leaving behind a bewildered predator.

Special Interests
This bird is also referred to as the spotted dikkop.

Conservation
The Spotted dikkop is relatively common in the wild.