Standing eye-to-eye with a southern cassowary, it is easy to see how this giant bird is considered the dinosaurs’ closest living relative. With an imposing frame that is more than 5.5 feet tall, a helmet-like casque atop its head and a 5-inch-long razor-sharp claw on each foot, the cassowary is both impressive and intimidating.
In October 2020, we took two of these avian ambassadors under our wing: brothers Irwin and Dundee. Considering all of the new sights, sounds and construction happening at the Bird House and Great Flight Aviary, they settled into their new home remarkably well. In June, they will turn 2 years old—Irwin on June 11 and Dundee on June 14.