We have two southern cassowaries. Billy, a male born in 2002 and Sydney, a female born in 2003.
Our keepers don’t normally work in the cassowaries’ enclosure with the birds present, as they are potentially dangerous: cassowaries have a 12cm (4.7 inch) dagger-like inner toe and can deliver powerful two-footed kicks at anyone they think might be a “threat” to them or their chicks!
Breeding Programme Category:
Our cassowaries are part of the European Stud Book (ESB) programme.
Held by Avifauna in the Netherlands, there are around 100 cassowaries at 45 collections in this programme. Like other ratites (flightless birds such as ostrich and rhea) it is the male that incubates the eggs and there is a special area in the enclosure designed for this behaviour.