Dromaius novaehollandiae

Bird | Australia

Animal Info

Penelope, our emu, is apart of a three species exhibit which includes the Eastern grey kangaroos, as well as Bennett's wallabies. All of these species originate from Australia, and live in the Australian Outback.

While emus have similarities to ostriches, emus are typically shorter. Emus are the only birds that have calf muscles which make them more adapted for  sprinting and running long distances.


In the wild: fruits, seeds, insects, and small animals

At the Zoo: Mazuri Emu Maintenance, fresh fruits, vegetables, and hard-boiled eggs


Savannah forest, grassland, and subtropical climates

Conservation Status

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – least concern