Un­veiled: the veiled chameleons are the stars

Isis Town and Country - - News -

OVER the past seven years the Queens­land branch of ZAA (Zoo and Aquar­ium As­so­ci­a­tion) has been lob­by­ing the state gov­ern­ment to change leg­is­la­tion al­low­ing Queens­land zoos to keep and dis­play the same species of ex­otic an­i­mals al­lowed in the other states. This would mean, zoos would be able to com­pete for vis­i­ta­tion on a level play­ing field and also be in­volved with in­ter­na­tional breed­ing pro­grams for en­dan­gered species. A small change this year has al­lowed us to ac­quire veiled chameleons.

The five-month-old pair was kindly do­nated by Taronga Zoo. The veiled chameleons are only found in the wild, in western Ye­men and south western Saudi Ara­bia.

They are one of the largest and most colour­ful of the chameleons, males can reach 60cm from nose to tip of the tail. The pair have set­tled in well and are now on dis­play to the public. Re­cent changes in leg­is­la­tion al­low zoos to now ac­quire and dis­play some more ex­otic an­i­mal species pre­vi­ously pro­hib­ited.

PHOTOS: JODIE DIXON

NICE TO MEET YOU: Snakes Dow­nun­der Reptile Park and Zoo has a new star­ring guest: the veiled chameleon.

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