Celebrating the cassowary!

It’s World Cassowary Day and our Southern cassowary, Zeus, is putting himself firmly in the spotlight!

Although categorised as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, it has been noted how numbers are decreasing in their native Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Habitat loss, road accidents, dog and feral pig attacks continue to leave this magnificent bird – which is the closest living relative to the dinosaur – needing to be protected.

They also play a vital role in maintaining the biodiversity of the rainforest, with lots of native plants relying on the cassowary to disperse its seed.

Known as being a rainforest gardener, cassowaries will eat and swallow whole fruits and digest the pulp, but not the seeds, which are scattered in their droppings.

Find out more about this incredible species and its links to dinosaurs at our cassowary exhibit, which was recently awarded bronze in the BIAZA industry awards!