The Kangaroo Island Dwarf Emu, a species of the past

The Kangaroo Island Dwarf Emu, a species of the past

Kangaroo Island once had it’s own native emu Dromaius baudinianus, a very similar species was also found in some parts of Tasmania. Discovered by Matthew Flinders in 1802, the emu was much smaller than those found on the Australian mainland and they were very prevalent on the Island, especially around the areas of Nepean Bay and Emu Bay, named after the dwarf emu.

When Nicolas Baudin came to Kangaroo Island on his expedition, he collected 3 dwarf emus which were taken back to France and survived until 1822. One was preserved for history and was on display in The Louvre in France for many years. Talk was that it was going to be bought back to Kangaroo Island to be displayed at the Tourist Information Centre?

(Conflicting stories, so I will write about both of them. There was no eme in the Louvre but there were two, brought back by Nicolas Baudin, at first in the Chateau de Malmaison (Napoleon’s residence) and then in the Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes.)

The last published record of the species was in 1819, and it was certainly extinct by 1836. The demise of this species is believed to be due to major bush fires and the culling of the emus for food, maybe disease bought by white man as pigs and chickens were bought to the island off of the ships when the first settlers arrived.

Lead author Dr Vicki Thomson is an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellow at the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences believing that “On at least the smaller islands, Kangaroo and King Islands, we know they were hunted by the sealers for food, shot or killed by specially trained dogs.”

Australia’s iconic emu is the only living representative of its genus. The study revealed that the small stature of the now extinct island emus evolved relatively quickly.


C.-A. Lesueur, Dwarf emu (Dromaius baudinianus)) lle Decrès (Kangaroo Island)

Emu Ridge has its very own mainland emus, they are a mascot to the farm being part of the history. Our farm is called Emu Ridge for a very different reason, not because of the dwarf emu. A company in Adelaide named FH Faulding and Co were famous for their Emu Brand Eucalyptus oil. As farmers were clearing their land for sheep farming, Fauldings eucalyptus oil supply was declining so they purchased our farm, originally called Windy Ridge in 1923 and renamed it after their famous Emu Brand Eucalyptus oil. They planted plantations of  eucalyptus trees to produce more oil and later sold the farm in 1952.

If you would like to know more about our emu and the uses for emu products, have a look at our blog about emu oil, eggs and feathers etc.


This is a photo of our pet emu and her feral cat friend

(If you would like to read more about these cute friends, see our blog with the full story)

Here’s a few more interesting references:

Magpies in Spring – Clever little birdies!

The Australian Magpie is black and white, but the plumage pattern varies across its range. Its nape, upper tail and shoulder are white in males, grey in females and the remainder of the body is black. They mate for life and the couples join larger flocks to protect their territory.


They are a popular sight here at Emu Ridge, we see them in abundance on Kangaroo Island and they love nesting in our Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee trees. We have also hand reared a few over the years. They make gorgeous pets. These two pics of of our work experience girls who helped look after Maggie and our Dog Rosie who Maggie loved having cuddles with! Some interesting facts below!


We’ve all heard the familiar sound of black and white wings furiously beating the air behind us, felt the sudden breeze rush over our heads and — if we’re really unlucky — been injured by a well-directed peck.

Yes, it’s swooping season again, a time when boys and girls on bikes best wear their thickest helmets, when golfers are on the lookout for a different kind of birdie and postmen have more to worry about than the psycho dog!

No, the birds don’t attack because they are guarding their territory. And testosterone levels in male birds have no bearing on their aggressiveness. It seems that the magpie marauders are only interested in defending their young.

The recommendations came from research that delved further into previous studies that found some birds use facial recognition to decide who to target when defending their nests.

Dr Jones said his team found magpies “really do know the individual” by remembering not only their features but those who regularly passed through their territory.

He found the birds target three categories of people.

“There are magpies who specialize on pedestrians, which is most of them, the postman birds and the cyclist birds,” Dr Jones said.

“Of the magpies who attack pedestrians, people walking around, … of those most of them attack the same people every day.”

He said the team had watched “hundreds of people walk past not getting attacked and then the same little old lady or kid or person walking the dog would be attacked and nobody else would even be looked at.

“We interviewed those people and they said ‘yes it’s like they know who I am’, and they really do.”

Dr Jones said his team was still baffled as to how the magpies decided on their targets.

“What we don’t know is why did they start picking on poor old Mrs Smith walking down the street to get her groceries each morning,” he said.

“I’m pretty sure she didn’t climb the tree and eat a baby magpie last weekend … but something happened.”

Dr Jones said “Mrs Smith” could have done something as minor as looking in the direction of the nest as magpies appeared to have a low tolerance threshold.

The good news is the attacks only last for a few weeks in spring when there are chicks in the nest.

Tips to protect yourself:

  • Move quickly through the area but do not run
  • Wear a hat or carry an umbrella
  • Wear sunglasses for eye protection
  • Bike riders should dismount and walk
  • Do not act aggressively
  • Remember the magpies are protecting their young

(Source: Queensland Government)

Source News Local and ABC News

Spring Newsletter

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus
Kangaroo Island #3
Since 1991

Sept 2015

Hi from Emu Ridge and beautiful Kangaroo Island. Spring is here and the weather is warming up for us thanks goodness, the beautiful wildflowers are starting to bloom and the birds are singing. We hope you enjoy our third Emu Ridge newsletter.
Warm regards Larry, Bev and the Emu Ridge staff.

Unfortunatley some people are still suffering colds and flu.

These Shower Discs are a great way to clear your sinuses as well as keeping your bathroom smelling fresh. These all-natural eucalyptus vapour discs are simple and easy to make and are non-toxic, so they are safe to use around children and pets. We loved having the work experience girls help make these, we hope you enjoy them too. please see more info on this link.
CAT DETERRENT – Even the most ardent cat lovers don’t appreciate the smell of cat urine indoors or outdoors. Cats who use flower beds as a litter box present an even more serious problem. While it’s difficult to convince cats to do anything they don’t want to do, you can make homemade cat deterrent that may convince cats to take their business elsewhere. Homemade cat spray is safe and environmentally friendly. Click here to see our blog for some great tips to keep kitties at bay
The smell of stinky shoes can be overwhelming and make you want to throw them away. If you click on this link you will find a few great tips to remove and prevent the odors for someone with stinky shoes!
We had a great response with this offer from our last newsletter and we really appreciate your business so we would like to continue to offer our Valued customers a FREE GIFT to thankyou for your support. Spend $50 or more this month and mention this SPECIAL from our newsletter when you order to receive
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Most of you that browse our website might notice that we love to add to our blog. Everything from sharing our favourite Eucalyptus recipe to DIY projects, and even sharing photos and experiences we have here at Emu Ridge.
For those of you that love multi media technology and have a favorite social network, we are keeping up with the times.
We have some great boards that you can follow on pinterest.
Our Facebook page is a great way to share fun and intersting ideas plus keep up with whats happening at Emu Ridge
Instagram is new to me one of our new staff members Lucy will be posting here!
Twitter also a new addition will also be handled by Lucy.
We hope you enjoy keeping in touch with us via your favorite social network!
There are many great benefits when it comes to making your own  products. Not only do they help you save money, but you also know exactly what’s in them. The chemicals on flea collars are definitely not something we feel good about at Emu Ridge, especially on dogs and around kids who are playing with them and patting them! We hope you find this handy. For more info see our blog and we have lots of other great tips for your pets on our blog. This link here has some handy tips for you as well.
We are blessed with another grandchild. Our youngest daughter Tiffany and her husband Will are very excited to bring into the world a gorgeous little boy called John. All are doing well. For more see this link
Thanks so much for taking the time to read our newsletter, we hope you have found it useful.
Warm regards Bev
Emu Ridge Eucalyptus |
ph: 08 8553 8228 | fax: 08 8553 8272

A Gorgeous Grandson for Bev and Larry!

A Gorgeous Grandson for Bev and Larry!

Bev and Larry are very excited grandparents, we would like to congratulate Will and Tiffany from Bop till you Drop SA on the safe arrival of their gorgeous new little boy John!

Baby John is the 4th beautiful grandchild for Bev and Larry and here’s a picture of the new addition…


Tiffany will no doubt take motherhood in her stride being a childrens entertainer, singer and artist. What a lucky boy to have her for a mum!

Best wishes for your little family Tiff!