The San Diego Zoo does not currently have emus in its collection.
The emu subspecies that inhabited Tasmania became extinct around 1865, following the arrival of Europeans. The mainland subspecies’ distribution has also been affected by human activities. Once quite common on Australia's east coast, rapid human population growth forced the emu out of this area. However, agricultural development and water provided for livestock in Australia’s Outback have given the emu new regions to live in that were once too dry for its survival.
While the emu population is currently considered stable, drought and wildfires are potential threats that could easily impact them. Many people raise emus for their meat, oil, and leather.
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