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. 

Cavia porcellus

These shy and gentle rodents are popular as pets the world over. Their hair comes in many different colors and lengths, but in general their body type is the same: a short-tailed, squat body with short legs. Guinea pigs can reach eight inches in length and weigh up to a pound. Guinea pigs’ teeth grow continually. As with other rodents, they have to gnaw on things to keep them trimmed down.

Guinea pigs were originally descended from wild animals in South America known as cavies. Scientists believe that native people domesticated cavies as a source of food as far back as 5,000 B.C. – before the ancient Incas. Later, when Spanish explorers took guinea pigs back to Europe, where they became popular as pets.

There are still wild cavies throughout much of South America, most of them colored a uniform gray or brown. Experts differ over whether these animals are the same species as the domestic guinea pig.