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Three colourful chameleons, so tiny they each fit on the end of a finger, have hatched.
These chameleons have a really unusual appearance. They’re sometimes referred to as the Cameroon sailfin, owing to a sail-like flap of skin running along their backs. The males of the species boast two large horns just above their upper jaw which they use for jousting with other males.
Even as babies they have their iconic large eyes which, at their current size, may appear a little too big for their body. However these give them 360° arc vision so they can see in two different directions at once and look out for predators.
It’s the first time we’ve ever bred the species here at Chester and the team are thrilled.
These chameleons are thought to live in just 10 locations in the highlands of Cameroon as they only thrive at a very particular altitude (between 700m and 1,900m), in very specific forest habitat. As much of the highlands of Cameroon comprise of savannah and grasslands, it really restricts their range. Sadly, with that already small amount of available habitat being affected by human activity - degradation, agriculture and climate change - it’s making these chameleons more and more vulnerable.
Another big threat to their survival is the international pet trade. Thousands of live chameleons have been taken from the wild and traded from Cameroon in the last dozen years.
2017 has been a spectacular year of stunning wildlife photography at the zoo. From rare new arrivals to ground-breaking conservation projects spanning the globe to the opening of state-of-the-art new habitats for tapirs, sun bears and Asian songbirds, here is our year in pictures…
An extremely rare baby orangutan has been born at the zoo.
Keepers, conservationists and scientists at Chester Zoo have celebrated a vast array of births in 2017 – including some of the rarest animals on the planet.
Let’s get things straight… you’re never too old to have FUN! =D Bring your family and friends to PLAY! at Chester Zoo for a day full of giggles, laughter, fun and exploring!
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