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Common Name:
Scientific Name:
Dromaius hollandiae
Size: 2 m
Weight: 54 kg
Native to Australasia

Conservation Status

Least concern

These large, flightless relatives of the ostrich live in dry areas of Australia and have a lifespan of 5 – 10 years in the wild, but longer in captivity.  They stand up to 2 metres tall and weigh around 50 – 55 kg.

Although not endangered, their numbers are depleted by humans, dingoes, foxes and domestic pets.  Up to 20 eggs are laid at a time, 11 being the average number.  Female emus call to their families by making a deep, booming sound produced by an inflatable sac in the neck.

Emus follow a pattern when searching for food.  They travel north in summer and south in winter, mostly in pairs, but, occasionally   form large flocks if food is scarce.  They are omnivorous, eating quite a varied diet of plants, seeds and insects such as grasshoppers, leaves, fruit and even wheat crops which, of course, makes them very unpopular with farmers.  In the Zoo, they are fed on ostrich mix, carrots, apples and cabbage.

Emus are inquisitive birds which will approach a person if something catches their eye, for example, a hanky sticking out of a pocket.  They will also, sometimes, poke other animals and run away like children playing chase!

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Blackpool Zoo is closed!

In light of the most recent national lockdown announcement from the government, sadly we will be temporarily closing Blackpool Zoo again from 5th January 2021.

As always please be assured that our dedicated keeper team will continue to provide the best care for our animals during the closure.

If you’ve booked tickets for any day during this closure, you can exchange them for another date. Please send your booking details to tickets@blackpoolzoo.org.uk.

We’ll keep you informed through our website and social media channels. We apologise for any disappointment and thank you for your patience.

We really look forward to welcoming you back to Blackpool Zoo when we are allowed to re-open.

Stay safe everyone.