We’re home to one red-necked ostrich: a female called Maisy. She lives opposite the giraffes here at Paignton Zoo.
A subspecies of ostrich, red-necked ostriches can be found in open fields and savannahs, especially in the Sahel region of Africa.
In the wild they have a diet of grasses, seeds, leaves and flowers.
Hunting and habitat loss are the main conservation threats to wild ostriches. Paignton Zoo’s ostrich, Maisy, is part of a worldwide captive breeding cooperation that aims to help the red-necked ostrich thrive in its natural habitat.