Cards &


Open landscapes/savannas in Southern and Eastern Africa

20-30 years

90-130 kg

1.90 – 2.70 meters

Gestation period
Lays eggs for approximately 40 days

Conservation status
Not threatened

Did you know that…

  • The male is black and white, while the female is gray-brown.
  • The ostrich has large eyes that take up half of the space in its head.
  • The ostrich’s brain is small, about the size of a walnut, weighing around 40 grams.
  • It is a myth that ostriches bury their heads in the sand when they are scared. Ostriches actually run away if they are frightened.
  • Ostriches, emus, and rheas will eat almost anything that shines, such as bottle caps, glass, etc. They are not the brightest animals on the savanna.
  • The ostrich has only 2 toes, whereas other birds have 3 or 4.
  • The ostrich is the world’s largest bird but cannot fly. However, the ostrich can reach a top speed of 70 km/h.

Meet the ostriches on the Savannah.