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. 

Connochaetes taurinus

Side view of a Wildebeest sitting.

Animal's Behavior
Wildebeest are great migrators, with thousands migrating all at once in search of food. They can sense thunderstorms from a distance of 30 miles away and will follow the rain across their range. They live in herds and will create an impressive stampede to discourage predators.

Eating Habits
Wildebeest are herbivores, eating grasses and leaves. They may travel as much as 1,000 miles per year in search of food.

Eastern and southern Africa.

Conservation Efforts
Although rated as species of “Least Concern,” wildebeest populations are declining as habitats are reduced and restricted. The construction of fences, for example, restricts the traditional expansive migration patterns of wildebeest.

Animal Facts
Wildebeest are a type of large antelope that can weigh up to 500 pounds and live an average of 20 years.