The Endangered Southern Cassowary is a 'keystone' species crucial for rainforest ecology. Only 1000 remain in the wild due to habitat destruction caused by residential development. Rainforest Rescue is working to save the Cassowary through buying back high conservation rainforest as well as restoring rainforest habitat and creating wildlife corridors through the planting of trees which will provide habitat, food, and a safe passage for generations of Cassowaries to come.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The Endangered Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuaris Johnsonii) is one of the world's most prehistoric birds found only in the tropical rainforests of Australia. The Cassowary is integral to rainforest survival as it is a major seed disperser for up to 150 rainforest plant species. Habitat destruction is threatening its survival. With Australia's tropical rainforests the oldest on Earth, the loss of the Cassowary will result in the loss of significant biodiversity, impacting on a global scale
How will this project solve this problem?
Rainforest Rescue is working to save the Cassowary by purchasing high conservation value rainforest at risk of development. Buying back and protecting rainforest reduces fragmentation and increases the amount of habitat for the Cassowary and other wildlife. We have also helped develop a plan for Wildlife Corridors in areas seriously degraded and cleared due to human encroachment and will plant 250 different species of trees so the Cassowary (and other species) have habitat to roam and forage.
Potential Long Term Impact
Protection and restoration of the rainforest will have a profound impact on generations of Cassowaries to come. With habitat destruction widely acknowledged as the number one threat to Cassowary survival, buying back and restoring as many rainforest properties as possible is crucial to their future survival. It is also crucial to ensuring the survival of the world's oldest continuously living rainforest ecosystem that offers indispensable environmental and medicinal benefits to the world.
Total Funding Received to Date: $18,237
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $61,763
Total Funding Goal: $80,000