Brevard Zoo welcomes emu ‘Daryll’, 29, to Lands of Change area

Daryll came to Brevard Zoo from the Palm Beach Zoo on December 21

He may not have a Napoleon Dynamite character name, but the 29-year-old Emu Daryll is now a welcome member of the emu crowd at Brevard Zoo. He joins the Emu Pedro, 27, and the Emu Lafawnduh, 10, in the Kangaroo Walkabout in our Lands of Change region: Australia and beyond. (Image from Brevard Zoo)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – He may not have a Napoleon Dynamite character name, but the 29-year-old Emu Daryll is now a welcome member of the emu mob at Brevard Zoo.

He joins the Emu Pedro, 27, and the Emu Lafawnduh, 10, in the Kangaroo Walkabout in our Lands of Change region: Australia and beyond.

Daryll came to see us from the Palm Beach Zoo on December 21 after Animal Registrar Sebastian and Lands of Change Supervisor Kristen picked him up in West Palm Beach earlier in the morning.

While her arrival is not a specific breeding recommendation, we do hope that Daryll’s arrival will give our female emu, Lafawnduh, another male option that she may bond with better.

“Lafawnduh gets along well with Pedro, but she exhibits stereotypical behavior that we believe could be related to not syncing with him,” said Lauren Hinson, director of animal programs at the zoo. “Daryll is a bit older and calm, and we think he could potentially be a good match for her.”

“Lafawnduh gets along well with Pedro, but she exhibits stereotypical behavior that we believe could be related to not syncing with him,” said Lauren Hinson, director of animal programs at the zoo. “Daryll is a bit older and calm, and we think he could potentially be a good match for her.” (Image from Brevard Zoo)

According to our vet staff, Daryll did not need to self-quarantine upon arrival, but had to provide a clean fecal sample to enter his new home.

For the first few days after his arrival, Pedro and Lafawnduh resided in the side yard of the habitat to give Daryll the opportunity to explore his new home and meet his new roommates, including a slew of kangaroos, a muntjac and an African turtle.

Daryll wasted no time getting into the Kangaroo Walkabout. “He’s very curious and has spent time calmly exploring his new home and his new friends,” Kristen said. “On his first night with us, Daryll made himself at home and lay down on a big pile of leaves!

On December 26, animal care staff carefully observed Daryll’s presentation to Pedro and Lafawnduh in the Kangaroo Walkabout.

The presentations went well, and the three can now be spotted together in their habitat! According to the Guardians, you can spot Daryll among the rest of our gang of emus thanks to his distinct hairstyle.

On December 26, animal care staff carefully observed Daryll’s presentation to Pedro and Lafawnduh in the Kangaroo Walkabout.

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