Wile E. Coyote better watch out as there are some new animals at the Chattanooga Zoo ready to give him a run for his money.
Recently, the Deserts portion of the new Deserts and Forests exhibit at the Chattanooga Zoo acquired two new tenants, a brother and sister pair of Roadrunners.
The sibling pair, one year and six months old respectively, recently relocated to the Chattanooga Zoo from the Fort Worth Zoo. Roadrunners, scientifically known as Geococcyx californianus, are fast running ground cuckoo birds known for their long tails and distinctive crests. Roadrunners can be found in the southwestern United States and Mexico and have been known to run up to 20 miles per hour.
âWe are very excited to add these wonderful birds to our collection,â notes Dardenelle Long, Zoo CEO. âThey are always moving around and are a lot of fun to watch. They make great exhibit and education animals. There is much we can learn from their unique set of behaviors and rituals.â
Roadrunners have developed an almost iconic status due to Warner Bros. portrayal of the birds in their Looney Toons series. What most people might not know, however is that unlike their television counterparts, Roadrunners can be quite vocal and most often express themselves through guttural clucking similar to a deck of cards being shuffled.
This week the Zoo will be hosting a naming contest via Facebook
for its newest additions.
For more information on viewing the Roadrunners or the rest of the Chattanooga Zoo’s animal collections, please visit www.chattzoo.org