Cassowary one of many zoo dinosaurs
PERTH Zoo has welcomed a living dinosaur, with the arrival of a southern cassowary chick just in time for the school holidays.
The chick hatched on February 18 and has just started to explore its rainforest home at the zoo under the watchful eye of its father Marty.
Keeper Matt Ricci said the chick was an exciting new addition to the zoo.
“Cassowaries are one of the largest birds in the world and often referred to as the dinosaur bird of Australia,” he said.
“Modern birds descended from dinosaurs and cassowaries belong to one of the most ancient lineages of living birds; they’re literally living dinosaurs.”
Zoo visitors can make their own comparisons during the school holidays, with the arrival of 19 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs roaring through Perth Zoo for the Zoorassic Park exhibition.
The southern cassowary has been badly affected by habitat destruction and cyclones, with as few as 2000 mature individuals left in their natural rainforest habitat in northern Queensland.
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Perth Zoo’s new southern cassowary chick.