We have two Darwin’s rheas: one males and one female. They arrived at Edinburgh Zoo in October 2011 from France.
It is the male Darwin’s rhea that incubates the eggs, and he becomes very protective of his nest site and the paddock during the breeding season!
Darwin’s rheas are very difficult to breed in captivity and so our keepers are working closely with colleagues in other zoos to increase husbandry knowledge for the species.
In 2014 their hard work has paid off and our Darwin’s rhea produced nine chicks. They were successfully hand reared by keepers and have been moved onto other collections as part of the breeding programme.
On 31 May 2015 our male Darwin's rhea successfully incubated and hatched five chicks.
Location in the Zoo:
Our Darwin's rhea can be found in the paddock next to the monkey walk-through.
Breeding Programme Category:
Our rhea are part of the European Stud Book (EBS) programme.