Lifespan: 10-20 years in the wild, and up to 35 years in captivity.
Size: 1.6m-2m in height, and can weigh up to 65kgs.
Collective Noun: A flock (or mob).
Second Largest Bird: Emus are the second largest bird in the world (after the Ostrich)
Flightless: Emus are Ratites (flightless running birds with flat breastbones). Other Ratites are the Ostrich, Rhea and the Cassowary.
Speed: An Emu can run at speeds of up to48 km/ph!
Swim: Emus are good swimmers and seem to enjoy the water – at the Education centre they will often seek out a keeper who is hosing an exhibit for a “shower”!
Communicate: Emus communicate by booming, drumming and grunting. Booming is created in an inflatable neck sac, and can be heard up to 2 km away.
Native Gardeners: The emu serves a very important role in its eco system: seed dispersal specialist! Seeds that are eaten whole often come out whole, and as the emu wanders about, it leaves perfectly fertilized seed-carrying deposits behind in its droppings