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Mar 1, 2019

We Did It!! 32nd Daintree Property!

Our #NEXT10 - 2 Down 8 to go campaign was successful!

Thanks to Rainforest Rescuers who contributed to our holiday campaign, our 32nd Rainforest Property is set to be rescued! That's our 33rd property in Australia!

This property represents a remarkable opportunity for all of us. Bordering Aboriginal Reserve Land - which in turn backs onto the National Park - on one side and Forest Creek on the other. This land is rich and ripe for rescue. In addition to its location and its rich state, its relationship to the creek helps to maintain the quality of water that flows through and into the Daintree River, and then onto the Great Barrier Reef. #Rainforest2Reef!!

The owner had approached us, knowing that this rainforest block is special, asking us if we could help protect it, forever. At almost 3 hectares this will be a substantial contribution to the greater Daintree. It is essential that this property is brought back into the Daintree.

239 Donors came together to make this opportunity a success. Many donors contributing add up to great big totals - and because of the many donors contributing from a few dollars to many thousands, this property is going back to Nature. 

Rettet den Regenwald - Rainforest Rescue Germany - is a non-profit that advocates for rainforest protection around the world and has partnered with Rainforest Rescue here in Australia to help us in our mission to Protect Rainforests Forever. They contributed significantly to our appeal to purchase this rainforest land, and they supported our efforts to purchase and protect Lot 19, Cape Tribulation Road in last year's campaign. They are making a big impact in protecting rainforests in Australia and beyond.

“Many people in Germany think that Australia’s great examples of Nature are the Outback, Ayers Rock, and Kangaroos. Very few know about the breathtaking rainforests, the oldest rainforests in the world.  The Daintree is the truest example of this. We are happy to be part of the amazing protection work done by our partners from Rainforest Rescue. Only together, working globally hand in hand, can we save the forests of this earth that we call home.” - Mathias Rittgerott

Our partnership is powerful, and appropriate. We're grateful to have such a wonderful partner and such an effective partnership.

Thanks to every one of you who make this important work possible and who helps Protect Rainforests Forever!

Dec 20, 2018

HALF WAY to Protecting #32!

Thanks to supporters like you, who care about nature and rainforests, we are now officially more than HALF WAY towards securing our 32nd unprotected Daintree Rainforest property, the 3rd of our #NEXT10 campaign as we near the end of 2018! 

This rich, prospective rescue property scored high on our ecological scorecard, connects to protected reserves and provides clean, clear water that makes its way to the Great Barrier Reef. This land would be snapped up quickly if it made it to the open market as it's fairly large, very beautiful and has access to power. And remember - a high ecological score means nothing to a developer. Hopefully given this momentum, we will ensure this does not happen!

I thought you might enjoy joining us in this world of rescuing rainforests, so we made this brief video on our initial assessment of this special and under threat rainforest property.

Click here to see our intrepid team investigating this potential rainforest property rescue.

Your support has empowered us to increase the number of protected areas of the Daintree. Together we have, and will continue to, help protect the amazing wild animals of the Daintree like the Southern Cassowary, Musky-rat Kangaroo, Spotted-tail Quoll and so many more. Rescuing rainforest, establishing Nature Refuge status, restoring degraded ecosystems - this is what we do, and we love to share with you.

You protect the rainforests with us. We rescue rainforests because you make it possible.

For the rainforests,

the Team at Rainforest Rescue

Dec 14, 2018

Southern Cassowaries' Safe Habitat Extended

The Cassowary near Nightwings
The Cassowary near Nightwings

All of us at Rainforest Rescue this past week were thrilled when Joe Reichl our Daintree Ranger and Land Manager got word that for the first time in over forty years, an endangered Southern Cassowary was spotted south of the Daintree River!

Historically, all sighted cassowaries by our team have been north of the River. However, over the past few years Rainforest Rescue has worked tirelessly with partners and individual supporters to regenerate a huge piece of what was once a stripped sugar cane field (15 Hectares) on the Nightwings property. This has been restored by planting tens of thousands of seedlings and now this lowland Daintree Rainforest property is being naturally re-joined to the upland Daintree, creating safe and important wildlife corridors and habitat for Daintree wildlife such as the Southern Cassowary.

Many trees on this land are almost three metres high (nearly 10 feet) which sees them well positioned to start creating a canopy, and bringing the rainforest back to the way it was pre cultivation.

It was here that a juvenile Southern Cassowary was seen for the first time in decades – prompting Joe to acknowledge this as a huge win for restoration:

“This is proof restoration (planting trees) really works for wildlife!”

Thank you to all of YOU who have enabled us to extend the safe habitat of these critically important creatures.

 
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