Meet Our Animals > Ostrich
Quick Facts
Native to Sub-Saharan east and central Africa
Primary Diet Leaves, grasses, fruits, seeds, and occasionally, small invertebrates and lizards
Adult Weight Males: 220 to 300 pounds; Females: 200 to 240 pounds
Lifespan 30 to 40 years
Status Least Concern


The ostrich is the world’s largest and heaviest living bird — but they are “flightless” and built for running. An ostrich’s stride can be 10-15 feet, and they can sprint at speeds up to 40 mph in short bursts. They can maintain a steady speed of 30 mph over distance too!


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Herb and Nada Mahler Family Aviary