Chehaw took in seven rescued chameleons from US Fish and Wildlife last April. These animals were captured from their native ranges in Madagascar and were not eligible to be re-released back into the wild. The chameleons began laying eggs soon after their arrival at Chehaw. The eggs were collected by zookeepers and carefully incubated for over seven months before hatchlings began to emerge. Chehaw now has 14 juvenile chameleons which are not genetically represented anywhere else in the US. This will allow other reputable zoological institutions the opportunity to strengthen the gene pool of the chameleons currently in the captive population. A chameleon exhibit has been added to the Reptile House for public viewing.
Baby Colobus Monkey
First time Colobus Monkey mother, Wendy, gave birth to a bouncing baby name Nali in September. Colobus monkeys are found in all types of forests in Africa. They are easily distinguishable by their black bodies and long white tails, and are highly social animals that spend most of their time sitting in the treetops eating and socializing. Colobus infants are covered in white fur and cling to Momís belly. As the baby grows, the white fur will change to the black-and-white coloration of the adult colobus.
Baby American Alligators
Nine American Alligators hatched September 24. These eggs were pulled from a nest in the alligator exhibit and incubated to ensure a successful hatching. If eggs are not pulled, they typically fall victim to voracious fire ants soon after they are laid. Two of these alligators will be added to the Education animal collection to become animal ambassadors. The others will be returned to the water once they are mature enough to improve their chances of survival.