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Mar 12, 2019

Breaking New Research on the Southern Cassowary

Southern cassowaries are known for their distinctive casque – the hard bump that protrudes from the top of their head. The casque is one of the trademark features of the southern cassowary, yet for decades researchers have struggled to figure out the purpose of the large growth – until now.

Ground-breaking research conducting at La Trobe University in Victoria suggests that the casque is used to regulate heat and keep the beautiful birds cool during Australia’s sweltering summers. Danielle Eastick, from the university’s Department of Ecology, Environment, and Evolution, conducted a study with 20 cassowaries across Australia and discovered that the amount of heat released from the casque increases when the temperature rises. Previous research had suggested that the casque might be used as protection from dense vegetation, as a weapon to ward off other animals, or as a means of finding a mating partner, so this certainly is a ground-breaking finding! 

Cassowaries need large areas of rainforest to survive and thrive. At Rainforest Rescue, we work to rescue, restore, and conserve critical cassowary habitat to ensure that these incredible creatures can continue to live in the Daintree. We've recently spotted a cassowary on the Nightwings property, which we have been working to restore! Learn more by reading our previous report.

Thank you to all of YOU who have supported our mission to Protect Rainforests Forever and to extend the safe habitat of these critically important animals.

Mar 4, 2019

Lot 46's Impact Reaches from Rainforest to Reef

The Daintree & GBReef - (c) Darren Jew
The Daintree & GBReef - (c) Darren Jew

The Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef share a number of similarities, aside from their location. Both of these stunningly beautiful areas are blessed with significant levels of biodiversity. Both have life forms that exist nowhere else on the planet. Both are internationally recognised as remarkable and critically important ecosystems to protect – both for now and for the future.
We know that these two important ecosystems offer a great deal to the well being of their surrounding areas. But they also share a symbiotic relationship that is vitally important, and this relates to water - specifically to water quality. As Dr Robert Kooyman, Rainforest Rescue's Scientific Advisor states:

“Rainforest  and reef  are linked… by water.  In the Daintree  lowlands  ancient  trees  hold aloft a continuous canopy that protects  the land and soil… right  to the fringe  of  stream and reef. Here, evolution is not a memory, it is alive and nurtured  by clean, clear,  water.”

On Lot 46 which YOU have helped us protect forever, there is a main creek that flows through to the Daintree River and then to the Great Barrier Reef.

The protection forever of this huge property and the fact that over 50,000 trees were planted here to regenerate this damaged land, continues to be a huge win not only for the Daintree lowands but also now, it is proven, to the Great Barrier Reef itself.

Recent water testing undertaken by Rainforest Rescue has found that by replanting trees to regenerate rainforest, we significantly reduce the amount of turbidity (sedimentation that flows from the property) when compared to neighbouring properties that are damaged and not restored. This is significant as turbidity measures the sediments in the water - which in turn stifle coral in the Reef.

So, your investment in Lot 46 has enabled yet another one of the Earth’s most beautiful ecosystems to be healthier as a result!

The growth of the trees at Lot 46 continues to be incredibly strong, and all seedlings and this property are safe despite major flooding in recent weeks.

Thank YOU so much for making this happen!

Dr Robert Kooyman in the Daintree
Dr Robert Kooyman in the Daintree
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!

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