Chehaw is happy to announce the emergence of a new baby kangaroo, Adeline. This is our first successful birth of kangaroos. The baby, called a joey, is currently making regular forays out into the exhibit. Mom and Adeline can be seen on exhibit every day during normal business hours.
Arnie gave birth to Adeline approximately eight months ago. When the joey was born, it was about the size of a lima bean. Joeys will spend the first six months of their life inside the mother’s pouch. At about 6 months of age, the joey will begin to stick its tail out of the pouch. At seven months, it will begin to show its face. By eight months, the joey will begin to make short trips out of the pouch. Arnie is three years old and came to Chehaw from the Philadelphia Zoo. This is her first successful rearing of a baby kangaroo.
On March 22, Turner Elementary School participated in a contest to name the new joey. Names were submitted to the Zoo and the winner was chosen by the animal care staff. The winners are Mrs. McGhee’s fifth grade class and Mrs. Vance’s third grade class. Chehaw staff would like to thank all of Turner Elementary School for all their hard work and participation in the naming of Adeline.
African Veldt Exhibit
Chehaw’s African Veldt is a 40 acre exhibit that features exotic animals such as Eland, Impala, Wildebeest, Zebra and Ostrich. The Veldt is a South African word meaning “grass land”. Guests will climb aboard a specially made viewing trailer escorted by a Chehaw Guide, who are trained to interpret the animals, just like you would if you went to Africa. Admission to the exhibit is $3.00 and is open on weekends only.