Ostrich Land

Ostrich Land


Ostriches and emus are the stars at Ostrich Land in Buellton, a hands on local attraction that lets visitors feed and interact with the resident flightless birds. Some of the birds were seen in the movie, “Sideways” which was filmed in the Santa Ynez Valley in 2004. The attraction’s fifty birds raised here are used to being around people and eat out of bowls that the visitors hold up to the fence. They are not raised for meat, even though ostrich meat is sold here, which is obtained from other dealers. The low fat, high protein meat is available in the gift store along with ostrich and emu eggshells, feather dusters, and emu oil made from their fat, which is said to moisturize the skin and to heal wounds. Emu eggs and ostrich eggs are also sold here and incredibly, one ostrich egg, the larger of the two kinds of eggs, is the equivalent of 18 to 24 chicken eggs. An emu egg equals 10 to 12 chicken eggs.

Ostriches grow to eight to nine feet tall and can weigh as much as 350 pounds. The females lay three to five pound eggs until the age of forty and can live as long as 75 years.

Admission is $4 for age 13 and over. For under 13, tickets are only $1.
610 E. Highway 246, Buellton, California 93427
(805) 686-9696
www.ostrichlandusa.com




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