Name the baby Emus!
Two baby emus made their début into the world at Chehaw Wild Animal Park on March 1, 2011. After some special care and time with their mother, the emus are now available for public viewing.
There is just one problem, the emus need names! Chehaw is opening up the naming process to the public and will be taking suggestions for names from now until June 1st. The emus are native of Australia, so Chehaw asks that the names have an Australian flare.
Once the names are selected, the winners will receive a behind the scenes tour to meet the baby emus and have lunch with Chehaw’s Zoo Director, Kevin Hils.
In the fall of 2009 Chehaw’s newest additions made their debut. Guests can get up-close and personal with the four male meerkats in the Zoo’s first interactive exhibit, which includes a window that looks into the animals’ underground burrow.
A Green Exhibit!
The meerkats’ night house has already garnered attention of its own because it is constructed with a “green” or vegetative roof. The structure is the first of its kind in the Albany area and Chehaw’s first project that specifically incorporated green building practices.
“The green roof gives the meerkat night house better insulation, which reduces the amount of energy needed to heat and cool the space,” said Doug Porter, executive director of Chehaw. “Given our commitment to education and conservation, we expect to implement some green building practices into future projects, too.”
The Meerkat Maze is Here!
In May of 2010, Chehaw welcomed the latest addition to the Park: The Meerkat Maze. This interactive play space created by Georgia artist Chris Moore, replicates an actual Meerkat Habitat creating a fun, educational experience for children. The Maze demonstrates Meerkat social life and their typical living arrangements by highlighting their dens, lookout points, and burrows. Many aspects of Meerkat life are conveyed in the exhibit, including a crow’s nest with a spyglass for children to become the sentinel Meerkat on duty keeping watch over its savannah.