Meet Emu Mob
Noah’s Ark is home to 3 of the 5 species of ratites (large, flightless birds). They are the emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) native to Australia, the ostrich (Struthio camelus) native to Africa, and the rhea (Rhea Americana) native to South America. In the wild, ratites eat leaves, bugs, and seeds but here they are feed ratite chow, dog food, and small pieces of fruits and vegetables. Ratites are fast runners with powerful legs, equipped with sharp claws, which they will use to defend themselves with if necessary. While some of our ratites were surrendered personal pets, the vast majority of them (48) were unwanted (some even set free) after the ratite meat and oil market never took off like many farmers expected it to. Ratites have unique feathers that differ from flighted birds because they lack the tiny hooks on the smooth outer feathers. This makes their feathers fluffier which serves as excellent insulation, making them able to withstand extremes of both heat and cold temperatures.