Situated directly at the entrance to the Eifelpark, the great destination for children in the Eifel, a pair of emus and a pair of rheas share a 30,000 m² enclosure with white and black fallow deer.
The emus and rheas both belong to the order of ratites. They are unable to fly and have a different descent, parallel development, are similar in appearance, yet come from very different regions of the world.
These large, flightless ratites reach a size of between 1.60 metres and 1.90 metres and weigh between 30 and 45 kg. Native to Australia, emus are the largest species there and are spread across the entire fifth continent. Their wings are present only as stumps with a length of about 20 cm. When on the run, emus can reach a speed of up to 50 km/h.
These flightless birds from South America reach a size of between 1.25 metres and 1.40 metres and weigh 20 to 25 kg. Rheas, like emus, are very fast and can achieve a speed of up to 60 km/h. When on the run, they can defend themselves effectively by using their wings.