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. 

Rattus norvegicus

The brown rat prefers to live almost anywhere humans are. Rats are foragers that can survive on a huge range of foods, which has helped them spread so successfully across the world. Humans often dislike rats, but rats present a variety of benefits to their ecosystems as predator and prey, are popular pets and have contributed to advances in the fields of genetics, cognitive research, physiology, epidemiology and pathology.