HAPPILY oblivious to its status as an endangered species was Tasmania Zoo's resident cassowary yesterday.
The southern cassowary was one of eight endangered species acknowledged at the Riverside zoo as part of National Threatened Species Day.
The national initiative runs as part of Biodiversity Month and was inspired by the death of the last Tasmanian tiger in 1936.
Tasmania Zoo programs and partnerships manager Emily Duggan said she held a special affection for the endangered Tasmanian devil.
The zoo breeds the feisty marsupials in its Devil's Heaven program.
``It is absolutely essential the breeding program is maintained,'' Ms Duggan said.
Tasmania Zoo is opening its doors today and tomorrow at the discounted rate of $10 a person from 9am to 5pm.