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Scientific Name: 
Dromaius novaehollandiae
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Aves
Order: 
Struthioniformes
Family: 
Casuariidae
Genus: 
Dromaius
Species: 
novaehollandiae
Status: 
Least Concern
Quick Facts

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).  

Fun Facts

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

Emus are an iconic Australian animal, renowned for their unique, flightless bodies. 

At Taronga:

At Taronga Zoo we have proud to have Emus both in the Education centre and in the Zoo grounds. At the Education Centre we have currently 2 Emus: Diji & Thinka. In the Zoo grounds we have a female emu in the Macropod Walkthrough (Thunderbird) and a male in the red kangaroo yard (Ross). 

 
The emu population in Australia is currently stable. However, you can be a responsible pet owner. Feral animals, especially cats, wreak havoc and compete with native wildlife for resources. Young Emus are vulnerable to feral animal attack. 

Region: 
Source: 
www.iucnredlist.org
Year assessed: 
2012