ANIMAL FACTS - Ratites
Rocky is one of five cassowaries we have at the Zoo and he has nails on his inside toes that can grow up to 12cm long. These nails are used with a defensive kick and are sharp enough to cause some real damage if they choose to use them.
The Ratite family includes flightless birds with a flat, keelless breastbone (the keel is where the flight muscles connect). Most of their muscle is in their legs and thighs. There are only five species around the world. Cassowary, Emu, Ostrich, Rhea and Kiwi.