Ostrich farming in South Africa
Even though ostriches are farmed, they are still free-roaming wild animals. Hence, it’s difficult to prevent damage to the skin, or the feathers of the animal, that’s why natural markings occur on the leather.
And because ostriches are farmed, and not hunted, it is by far a more sustainable and ecologically sensitive option when compared to other exotic leather types.
Besides have some of the most desirable leather on earth, ostriches are also prized for the fine plumage.
The unique over-sized eggs are equivalent to 22 large-size chicken eggs. Ostrich meat is also low in cholesterol and high in protein, which makes it a healthy alternative to beef.
The birds are kept until they are fully grown, giving the feather time to mature and develop their distinctive quill, which gives ostrich leather its special beauty.
The ostrich is fondly known “The Golden Camel Bird”, or "struthio camelus" in Latin, is not endangered, and has been successfully farmed for 150 years in South Africa.
The South African Ostrich Business Chamber, based in Oudtshoorn, safeguards the biodiversity of the area through modern, sustainable and humane farming methods. Much focus and resources are ploughed into ongoing research and development, and to expand markets, both locally and abroad, to maintain South Africa’s world leather status.