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