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Chehaw awarded nearly $3K to care for endangered species

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Published: Apr. 19, 2022 at 6:28 PM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Chehaw Park & Zoo was awarded nearly $3,000 to help cover the costs of caring for endangered species. They were one of 20 parks and zoos in the U.S. to get the funds.

Home to nine other endangered species, the red wolves at Chehaw are at the highest risk. Park Spokesperson Tommy Gregors said that’s largely due to development reducing their habitats and being hunted.

“We still had to feed and care for every animal in our collection,” said Gregors.

Trying to increase a healthy population, they help with breeding and the reintroduction process.

Home to 9 other endangered species, the red wolves at Chehaw are at the highest risk.
Home to 9 other endangered species, the red wolves at Chehaw are at the highest risk.(WALB)

″Had pups that were born here of which some of those were actually in the re-introduction into the wild program. You won’t see animals here doing tricks and those things here. When we do conditioning, it’s to enhance natural behaviors and enrich their lives while they’re in our care,” said Gregors.

The zoo’s ability to care for animals heavily relies on foot traffic, something that was sparse during the pandemic.

Tommy Gregors is the Executive Director of the Artesian Alliance
Tommy Gregors is the Executive Director of the Artesian Alliance(WALB)

“We did see a reduced attendance we were able to open back up, but our revenue streams were reduced at that time,” said Gregors.

To help with reimbursement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums awarded Chehaw nearly $3,000.

Gregory said they are monitoring the two wolves they have in the exhibit now to hopefully add a few more pups to the species.

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