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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Ostriches

The Ostrich (Struthio camelus) is a flightless bird native to Africa. It is the only living species of its family, Struthionidae, and its genus, Struthio. They are distinct in their appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at speeds of about 65 km/h (40 mph). Ostrich leather is a popular product for making boots, clothing and upholstery. An adult ostrich will produce 14 square feet of hide. One hide can made three pairs of boots. South Africa has the world’s largest industry with approximately 400 producers. Ostrich is known as the healthy red meat alternative and this is where its marketing potential lies.

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