Cassowary one of many zoo di­nosaurs

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group is giv­ing away five fam­ily passes to the Perth Zoo th­ese school hol­i­days for read­ers of this news­pa­per.

Go to com­mu­ni­tynews. com.au to en­ter.

Perth Zoo’s new south­ern cassowary chick.

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