Rheas live in the eastern part of South America, from Brazil to Argentina. They can be 3 to 5 feet tall and weigh up to 50 pounds. Rheas eat plants, fruits, seeds, insects, lizards, birds and other small game. They live up to 15 years.

Fun Facts

Penelope and Scoops are our resident Rhea couple. Watch Scoops as he displays his plumage to impress his girl Penelope.

The rhea, emu and ostrich are equivalents on different continents, with the rhea being the South American version.

Rheas have strong legs that allow them to run up to 40 miles per hour. They use their large wings to provide stability while running.

Rheas are the largest birds in South America. During breeding season, several female Rheas will lay their eggs in the same nest and can can hold 50 or more eggs at a time! The male will sit on the eggs for up to six weeks and then care for the newly hatched young.

Rhea eggs can be up to 5 inches long and weigh almost 1.5 pounds!

How to Adopt

You may complete our online adoption form. Or you may also use the Adopt-an-Animal form (PDF) to join the program. Simply fill it out and return it to the Greenville Zoo. Please make checks payable to the Greenville Zoo.

Scoops the Rhea
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