On Saturday 25th September Yorkshire Wildlife Park will be closed to the public due to hosting a special Thank You Event for all the staff at Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals. 

  • Status

    Least Concern

  • Size

    Up to 145 kg

  • Threat

    Hunting

  • Distribution

    African Savanna

  • Diet

    Herbivore

During your 'Into Africa' adventure keep an eye open for the largest and heaviest bird in the world!

Ostrich are excellent at evading predators. They have acute hearing and eyesight and can sense predators from miles away. If an Ostrich gets into trouble with a predator, they have been known to run at speeds in excess of 40mph, making them the fastest animal on two legs!

Their legs are very powerful and kicks from an Ostrich have been known to kill Lions. Contrary to popular belief, Ostrich do not bury their heads in the sand, but when they see a predator they can’t outrun they place their head and neck close to the ground. From a distance this looks like their head is buried in the sand as their head and neck are a similar colour to the sand.

Their diet consists mainly of plants, seeds and fruits however they do eat insects as well. Because they lack teeth they swallow pebbles to grind food in their gizzard.

Where in the park?

Step foot on a safari adventure through the heart of Africa!

Visit Into Africa!

Ostrich (CR. Peter Williams)

What's on today

Daily programme

Daily programme at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Time Event Location
12:45 PM Into Africa! Ranger Talk Into Africa!
3:45 PM Into Africa! Ranger Talk Into Africa!

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