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Who laid THAT egg?! Meet the world’s largest birds in Bristol

5th September 2017

Categories: Latest News

Four ostrich chicks have successfully hatched at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

Known by for its impressive running speed and giant eggs, Ostriches are one of nature’s iconic creatures. Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm™ in Wraxall, Bristol is celebrating the successful natural hatching of 4 ostrich chicks, housed within the spacious African section of the 100 acre park.

Standing tall at over 2 meters, African ostriches are known for their strong territoriality and wild male mating displays, along with common misconceptions like avoiding threatening situations by ‘burying their head in the sand’. Ostriches have been living at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm for a decade, but successful rearing of young is not common in captivity.

Keepers were delighted to discover a brood of the large eggs in the field of the zoo’s ostrich pair Oscar and Octavia in June. Monitoring the condition of the eggs in-situ rather than relocating them to an incubator and hand-rearing them, after a 35 day incubation period four fluffy chicks hatched naturally outside on the 1st August.

The largest land bird laying the largest eggs, ostriches are also the fastest ground-running birds alive today – reaching speeds over 40mph. Found across continental Africa, the Common Ostrich has a wide range and usually lives in small to medium sized flocks. Unknown to most, the Common Ostrich is actually one of 2 species, the other being the Somali Ostrich which has distinctively different colourations in breeding males and is found in southern Ethiopia, north eastern Kenya and Somalia.

Summer visitors have been delighted to watch the ostrich family interacting together at Noah’s Ark, with the new hatchlings growing fast and seen chasing after their protective parents and exploring the world around them.

Home to elephants, big cats, rhinos and bears, Noah’s Ark is no stranger to exotic animals – the park has seen the successful breeding of 4 endangered Siamang gibbons and two giraffes in the past 4 years.

More information on the park can be found at www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is open Monday – Saturday 10:30am – 5pm.

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