Scientific Name: Struthio camelus

Found In: Southern Africa, ranging from southern Kenya and Burundi, south-west to Angola and northern Namibia, & south to Botswana and eastern South Africa

Size: Males ostriches can grow up to 8 feet tall with females growing somewhat shorter. They can weigh up to 160 lbs.

Diet: Omnivore

Threat Level: Least Concern – A major threat to the species is loss of nesting habitat due to clearance for small-scale use, agriculture, and because of fires, and perhaps because of the actions of African elephants.

Facts: They live in groups of 2-8 members, rarely 11, and is a co-operative breeder, with the dominant pair assisted by adult and immature helpers to defend a territory.

Virginia Zoo Ostriches: male Jack and female Gobbles