Daryl came to Brevard Zoo from Palm Beach Zoo on December 21
Brevard County • MELBOURNE, FL – He may not have a Napoleon Dynamite character name, but 29-year-old Daryl is now a welcome member of the emu mob group at Brevard Zoo.
He joins 27-year-old Emu Pedro and 10-year-old Emu Lafawnduh in the Kangaroo Walkabout Inside Our Land of Change: Australia and Beyond.
Daryl came to us from the Palm Beach Zoo on December 21 after Animal Recorder Sebastian and Change Grounds Supervisor Kristen drove to pick him up from West Palm Beach earlier that morning.
Although his arrival isn’t a specific breeding recommendation, we hope that bringing Daryl in will give a female emu, Lafawnduh, another male option she might relate to better.
“Lafawnduh gets along well with Pedro, but she shows some stereotypical behavior that we think may be related to his insincerity,” said Lauren Henson, director of animal programs at the zoo. “Daryl is a bit older and calm, and we think he could be a good match for her.”
According to our veterinary staff, Daryl did not need to be quarantined upon arrival but did need to provide a clean stool sample to enter his new home.
For the first few days after his arrival, Pedro and Lafawnduh set up in the Habitat side yard to give Daryl the opportunity to explore his new home and meet his new roommates, including a large number of kangaroos, montjaks, and an African tortoise.
Daryl wasted no time settling in on the kangaroo flight. “He is very curious and has quietly spent the time exploring his new home and new friends,” Kristen said. “On his first night with us, Daryl made himself quite at home and went to bed on a big pile of papers!”
On December 26, the animal welfare crew watched carefully as Daryl was introduced to Pedro and Lafawnduh at the Kangaroo Walkabout.
The introductions went well, and the three of them can now be spotted together in their home! According to the rangers, you can identify Daryll from the rest of the emu fans by his signature hairstyle.