ANIMAL FACTS - Ratites
Cassowaries are essential for our rainforests to survive. They eat the fruit that has fallen to the forest floor, the seeds passing throught their digestive tract unharmed. Some seeds even require this process or will not germinate. Without the cassowary, these plants would become extinct.
The Ratite family includes flightless birds with a flat, keelless breastbone (the keel is where the flight muscles connect). Most of their muscle is in their legs and thighs. There are only five species around the world. Cassowary, Emu, Ostrich, Rhea and Kiwi.