22 Sep 2016

These magnificent birds are related to emus and ostriches. And for such a large bird, cassowaries are known to be elusive, and potentially dangerous, in the tropical rainforests of South East Asia and Australia. Unfortunately, the species is declining and classified as vulnerable by the IUCN. At Chester Zoo we have two southern cassowaries which have recently been moved to our new Islands habitat.

Cassoway among trees at Chester Zoo

The cassowary is a prehistoric looking species.

Chester Zoo bird keeper, Zoe Sweetman, tells us more about these birds:

I find the subtle way in which they communicate with one another through body language very interesting indeed. The gentle head bobs and body brushes observed between our male and female are almost romantic and watching such a large and powerful bird behave in this elegant manner is absolutely fascinating.

Zoe Sweetman

Watch this short interview with Zoe to discover more about the cassowaries at Chester Zoo