Other animals of the Mura Mura area
The wallabies have been living at Pairi Daiza for many years already, but they recently swapped their earlier spot at the monumental stairs for the Mura Mura Territory. Their full species name, the Bennett wallaby, goes back to their discovery and description early in the 19th century (Edward Turner Bennett (1797 - 1836)). These marsupials originally came from Tasmania, which is a fertile, temperate island to the east of the Australian mainland. They appear to be rather cuddly, they measure up to one meter tall and weigh between 15 to 20 kg. They maintains their condition and can easily jump 1.5 m high and 6 m far, and they can easily travel at speeds of up to 30 km/h or even 50 km/h when they are in a real rush.
Their home environment is somewhat similar to ours and where their diet is concerned they are happy with Belgian food consisting of tender hay, leaves and fruit. Their shelter is located underground at the ranch and one of them has even appointed himself as the master of the mine.
The cassowary is a rugged, prehistoric flightless bird (70 kg, 1.8 m tall) that is relatively threatened, including at zoos. This solidly built runner (up to 50km/h), Casuarius casuarius from Papua New Guinea and northeastern Australia, is classified as struthio, the same as the African Ostrich, the South American Rhea and the Australian Emu. Their wings do not fulfil a flying function and are therefore very small.
They are composed of long, primitive feathers, very rudimentary, which are actually no more than a black cornified shaft. The plumage consists of very small loose black feathers. They live in the dense undergrowth of forest with an abundance of vegetables, fruit, snakes and insects.
The helmets are used as an axe and as a formidable defensive weapon. They also have claws that are suitable for battle and they are not shy not use them when they need to defend their territory, especially during in the breeding season. The female is dominant, she chooses her own partner and takes him to her nest where the male takes care of the nest for the next year. A small anecdote is that the cadets of the French military school of Saint Cyr received a new headgear, the casoar, in the XIXth century, which was also the same time that the Cassowary was first introduced to the European continent.
Other animals of the Mura Mura area in image
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