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Sep 21, 2016

World Cassowary Day Shines Light on Habitat Protection

School children showcasing Cassowary habitat
School children showcasing Cassowary habitat

World Cassowary Day is set to be bigger and louder than ever this year with not only the Rainforest Rescue team, but the entire Daintree Rainforest community, many states within Australia and the concerned global community all hosting information and events to raise funds and increase education around the endangered Southern Cassowary.

A community fun day in the Daintree itself will see many market stalls, live music, educational talks by Wet Tropics’ experts, children’s entertainment tents, Cassowary Treasure hunts, crafts, face painting and storytelling. Rainforest Rescue's Julian Gray has been invited to speak here at this local event, with business partners selling Cassowary merchandise at the markets also pledging proceeds to the 'Save the Cassowary' campaign from sales on the day.

All ages are drawn to the plight of the Cassowary and thousands of miles away from the Daintree itself, distance is proving no barrier in communicating the message of saving the endangered Southern Cassowary. Kindergarteners are joining in the spirit of World Cassowary Day by educating other school children, teachers and parents alike on facts about the Cassowary and displaying what Cassowary habitat looks like.

The contribution you have given Rainforest Rescue to date is incredibly important especially on the back of new evidence showing further support that in fact Cassowary habitat – and specifically wildlife corridors - is the main limiting factor to Cassowary population.

With only 4,000 cassowaries remaining across Australia, the greatest threat to their survival is specifically the creation of wildlife corridors to help populations move to new areas. To date you have enabled us to plant over 250,000 trees and rescued over 100 hectares of threatened Daintree rainforest in Australia, critical Cassowary habitat – Thank You so very much.

While there is a lot more habitat to save, Rainforest Rescue could not have already made such impact in the Daintree without your invaluable support.

Daintree World Cassowary Day promotion
Daintree World Cassowary Day promotion
Aug 9, 2016

Lot 38: A Tribute to a Daintree Protector

John Bennett Trivia Fundraiser (c) Martin Stringer
John Bennett Trivia Fundraiser (c) Martin Stringer

Lot 38 - An Important Conservation Outcome & Tribute to a Daintree Protector

Thanks to your support, Rainforest Rescue can announce that after our recent update of putting a deposit down on Lot 38, Cape Tribulation Road, we have now officially purchased this important property.

Lot 38 is of immense value as it completes a wildlife corridor between Swamp Forest Nature Reserve and Daintree National Park via another Rainforest Rescue property.

Your support has seen not only a large conservation outcome achieved, but you have also helped create a fitting memorial to true Daintree Protector. A man by the name of Chris Bennett, who recently passed away, played a pivotal role in the protection and on-going conservation of the Daintree Rainforest.

Chris helped to buy more than six hectares of land linking Alexandra Range to the Bailey’s Creek catchment. This kept the land from being developed and created linkages for wildlife, including endangered cassowaries and tree kangaroos. Named the Baralba Wildlife Corridor Nature Refuge, the land was ‘gifted’ to Rainforest Rescue in 2009.

After Chris’ passing, a local group called the Douglas Shire Sustainability Group held a Trivia Night to raise funds towards Lot 38. Thanks to the additional funds raised through your support, Rainforest Rescue was then able to purchase this property.

In honour of Chris’ commitment to the protection of the Daintree Rainforest, Lot 38 will be called The Chris Bennett Nature Reserve.

Thank you from all of us at Rainforest Rescue in achieving a very special conservational outcome - and honoring a truly remarkable man.

Thank you for helping us Protect Rainforest Forever.

Daintree Rainforest from above (c) Dean Jewell
Daintree Rainforest from above (c) Dean Jewell
Aug 9, 2016

Endangered Wildlife Calling Lot 46 their Home

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RR's Kristin Canning & Riley on Lot 46

With your help we’re continuing to see more wildlife return to the regenerated Lot 46, with an increased number of sightings of endangered Southern Cassowaries. Years after the removal of 200 tons of rubbish and the planting of 45,000 trees to regenerate Lot 46, this property is proving it is successfully playing a vital role in providing safe corridors and habitats for the endangered, rare and precious flora and fauna.

The Southern Cassowary is an extremely important species in Far North Queensland’s tropical rainforests. It is the rainforest gardener, a ‘keystone species’ that maintains the balance and diversity of its rainforest home through its role as a seed disperser. Recent research has shown that the main threat to the Southern Cassowary is actually the availability of this safe habitat. You have enabled us to provide more of this safe habitat through your support of Lot 46 – so thank you again.

In terms of the seedlings planted, Lot 46 still does not cease to surprise the Rainforest Rescue team with the unbelievable rate of growth of these trees. The first picture here shows a newly planted seedling – from only 6 weeks prior – and it has already shot up to a tall height in the near perfect wet and hot conditions.

Your support in helping us to continue to protect Lot 46 is gratefully appreciated. Rainforest Rescue’s largest regeneration success – thanks to your support. From the far north QLD Daintree rainforests to the rest of our team across Australia we thank you so very much.

Thank you for helping us Protect Rainforest Forever.

 

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Southern Cassowary in Daintree (c) Martin Stringer
Southern Cassowary in Daintree (c) Martin Stringer
 
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