National Zoo & Aquarium

The Ostrich is the largest bird in the world. Using its long legs, powerful thighs and strong feet, an ostrich can cover five metres in a single stride and reach speeds of over 70km an hour! In addition, if an ostrich is cornered by a predator it will kick with the power to kill.


Ostrich lay the biggest eggs of any bird, equal to two dozen or more chicken eggs. The biggest ostrich egg ever weighed over 2.5kg.



The National Zoo and Aquarium is home to two ostrich; Zena and Shadow.

LIFESPAN Up to 40 years in the wild
WEIGHT 63-145kg
Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla, Canberra, ACT 2611

We are open every day except Christmas day 9.30am until 5.00pm

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