Explore the Daintree Rainforest at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, and come face to face with the World's deadliest bird - the endangered Southern Cassowary!
The Southern Cassowary is a real beauty, with its sleek, black feathered body, bright blue neck, and deep red wattles. They are the third- largest bird in the world, behind their relatives the ostrich and the emu, with some specimens weighing up to 70 kilograms and towering up to 1.5 metres tall!
Here at WILD LIFE Sydney, we have one cassowary, affectionately named Princess. Despite his rather girly name, he is actually a male……just a cassowary whom happens to be very high maintenance!
Princess loves to have showers to cool down in the summer, however he doesn't like to get his feet wet above his ankles!
Cassowaries are considered to be the world's deadliest birds, with a razor sharp claw, and a huge casque on their head. When the keepers go in to tend to Princess, they do so behind a 'cassowary shield'. This can make doing work within the display tricky as multiple staff are required to carry the shield, keep an eye on Princess, and get the work done. Despite all this effort, Princess never seems very impressed when the keepers make any changes to his home.
Princess is an impressive cassowary, with beautiful long eyelashes. Watching Princess explore the Daintree Rainforest display at WILD LIFE Sydney will delight adults and children of all ages!
The Australian population of the Southern Cassowary has suffered a severe decline in numbers due to the destruction of their habitat, vehicle strikes, dog attacks and competition and predation by feral animals.