Emu

ZOO LOCATION: Australia Walkabout


Lifespan: Longer than 10 years in captivity

Wild Diet: Seeds, fruit, insects

Zoo Diet: Ratite pellets

Predators: The young and eggs are preyed on by foxes, wild and feral dogs and feral pigs.

SSP: No

IUCN Status: Least Concern


Habitat/Range: Most commonly found in the grasslands of Australia.

Characteristics: The emu is the second largest bird in the world (after the ostrich). Their feathers are brownish black in color. They have very strong legs for running since they can not fly.

Behavior: Emus are territorial and will live either by themselves, in a pair or in groups of up to 9 birds. They are able to walk long distances and will follow the rain.

Reproduction: The males build the nests. The females will lay between 5 and 15 large, blue eggs. The males will sit on the nest during the 56 day incubation period.

Conservation: Emus numbers declined when settlers first arrived in Australia because they were an easy food source. Their numbers have since increased to a level higher than when the settlers first arrived.


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