Three Emu Chicks Hatched at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo

April 14 2016

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is excited to announce the hatching of three emu chicks. Hatched at the Baton Rouge Zoo on March 25 through March 27, the three chicks are now on exhibit in the KidsZoo barn, where they will reside until they are old enough to move into the Zoo’s emu exhibit with their parents. The three chicks represent the first emus to hatch at the Zoo since 1995.

“Emus are a really fun species to watch when they’re this young,” said Lee Schoen, Bird Curator. “In addition to the way they come into the world, which is by hatching out of a large, dark teal-colored egg, they are quite active. Emus are relatively fast runners that as adults can run up to 30 miles per hour. At this age, they are not only practicing those running skills but also trying to get the hang of balancing their body weight and staying upright.”

Native to Australia, the emu is currently listed as Least Concern on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List due to its wide and uninterrupted geographic range.