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Feb 3, 2020

Cassowaries and Offspring spotted again!

A Cassowary Chick
A Cassowary Chick

Rainforest Rescue’s Daintree Manager and volunteers continue to see southern cassowaries and their chicks north of the Daintree River, near Rainforest Rescue already protected land. Frequency of sightings reassures the whole team that the cassowary population numbers are healthy and growing, especially seeing cassowary offspring. Your support in helping us rescue, and restore, the habitat of these incredibly important endangered cassowaries is really paying off – for the rainforest, and the Earth.

Further great news for the Daintree’s cassowaries is that we are almost at our goal to buy back and protect forever our latest appeal property - Lot 27 Cape Tribulation Rd!

Amongst other precious, vulnerable, rare and endangered flora and fauna – the Southern Cassowary too calls this rainforest property home. This land was at the highest threat - in the midst of our appeal another buyer appeared and risked starting a bidding war which would be disastrous for the Daintree and conservation efforts. We managed to broker a deal with the owner to take our bid at asking – even though the rival was willing to go significantly higher. Fortunately, the owner chose to protect this land and go with Rainforest Rescue, even though it meant less money in their pocket. This means that all the rainforest animals that find themselves on Lot 27 will soon be safe and protected forever.

Cassowary droppings on Lot 27 show this is a regular path on the Cassowary’s foraging journeys through this habitat. Known as the ‘rainforest gardener’, the cassowary is able to swallow seeds that are too large (and toxic) for other animals – and then when they ‘poop’ the seeds out – they are then safe and in a small enough size for the other animals to eat!

The cassowary ‘poop’ also grows trees! It is full of lots of seeds so this too helps to strongly build a rainforest.

Thank YOU for helping us support the Southern Cassowaries and their offspring, to grow up in the safest habitat possible in the Daintree rainforest. They are safer because of YOU!

Cassowary 'poop'
Cassowary 'poop'
Beautiful Lot 27 - about to be rescued!
Beautiful Lot 27 - about to be rescued!
Feb 3, 2020

Cape Kimberley Lot 27 - Rescued from development!

Daintree from Forest Creek Martin Stringer Photog
Daintree from Forest Creek Martin Stringer Photog

Next Rescue – Lot 27 Cape Tribulation Rd

Rare and endangered species like the Southern Cassowary and the Spectacled Flying-fox are found here, amidst ancient and primitive flowering plants. 

Conservation work in the Daintree supports this ancient forest ecosystem that has been evolving longer than any other in the world – by tens of millions of years – and is Australia’s largest and most biodiverse. 

With the help of Rainforest Rescuers – people like you – we’ve rescued 2 priceless rainforest properties in the last year, significantly protecting pristine habitat for Nature and achieving a strong win for biodiversity. In addition to Lot 15 Thornton Peak Drive, Lot 30 Cape Tribulation Rd was successfully rescued because of people like you who recognise the power and importance of conservation.

We are successful together.

Wildlife Corridors Protect and Connect 

Lot 27 Cape Tribulation Rd, like Lot 30, borders the National Park and is adjacent to the Cape Kimberley Wildlife Corridor – we know this area well. Because of the connectivity to the National Park and World Heritage Area, and with a lack of protection on several of the properties still outside of the refuge, this property is high priority for rescue and protection. We have it on good authority that Lot 27 will likely qualify for inclusion into this protected corridor and is a real win for Nature, as well as for everyone who stands for conservation.

This dense, intact rainforest conjures up images of an ancient world, before subdivisions and development became a threat to Nature and our common future. Thick leaf litter, rich and humid air carrying the scent of flowers and mulch, the sounds of Wompoo pigeons calling to their mates and parrots screeching captivate the senses. Massive trees, twisting vines, a diversity of fungus, insects and beautiful butterflies – massive, vivid blue Ulysses butterflies – and more, inspire us to protect this haven for Nature. Cassowary droppings show this is a regular path on their foraging journeys through this habitat shared with other endangered and threatened species, like the Musky Rat-Kangaroo and the Spectacled Fruit Bat. Its location, dynamic structure and biodiversity make it an ideal candidate for nature refuge status and Wildlife Corridor inclusion. It scores very high on our ecological assessment and needs your help to protect it.

Snatched from the Jaws!

This property was at extreme risk – and in the midst of our appeal another buyer appeared and risked starting a bidding war which would be disastrous for the Daintree and conservation efforts. We managed to broker a deal with the owner to take our bid at asking – even though the rival was willing to go significantly higher. Fortunately, the owner chose to protect this land and go with Rainforest Rescue, even though it meant less money in their pocket. It's wonderful to encounter people who value Nature and this unique, precious habitat more than money.

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But to do that we had to dip into our reserve so as not to miss the opportunity. Your support in helping us cover the cost of the rescue will help insure that Rainforest Rescue continues in strength and that we can capture the next property and the next, striving to protect as much of the intact Daintree as possible. 

The real heroes behind these stories of successful conservation outcomes are our supporters – you and others like you who you know that this strategy works. Your contributions directly rescue and protect Nature in Australia’s largest, most biodiverse rainforest.

Your generous gift makes a real and important difference that benefits threatened habitat, water catchment and wildlife.

This property is our next step on this journey of conservation and protection. We will keep rescuing rainforest, block by block, and protect it forever, but only with your help.

Rainforest Rescue is committed to Protecting Rainforests Forever! 

Together we're making it happen. 

Thank you!

Papuan Frogmouth - Allen Sheather
Papuan Frogmouth - Allen Sheather
Lemon-Tipped Hunter - Allen Sheather
Lemon-Tipped Hunter - Allen Sheather
Nov 22, 2019

Cassowaries calling Nightwings Home

A Southern Cassowary
A Southern Cassowary

In 2015 Rainforest Rescue was approached by land-owner Annie S. to return fifteen hectares of old sugarcane fields back to thriving Daintree lowland rainforest. This is now known as the Nightwings Project.

In 2016 and 2017 with the help of many individuals, organisations and businesses, like YOU - we cultivated and started planting trees and revived a wetland area to draw in wildlife. Between 2018 and 2019 tens of thousands of trees were planted at NightWings to repair this damaged land.

By the project’s end, these seedlings will be flourishing between the lowland Daintree to the upland Rainforest and beyond to the coast.

We were very pleased to reveal to you around seven months ago that for the first time in over forty years an endangered Southern Cassowary was spotted here near Nightwings. This is significant as sugarcane does not attract cassowaries - rainforest species do. Since this time (around seven months ago) we had not spotted a Cassowary since.

However, just last night Joe our Land Manager wrote to say that this same Cassowary was spotted once again at Nightwings!

He writes: “We think it’s the same one as before …it’s now fully mature and looks like having established its territory there. Forty years, no sighting, then after revegetation – Bingo, Christmas in November.”

Joe claims this is a sure sign that regenerates work in bringing back wildlife especially the endangered Cassowary, to rainforest now thriving, that was once devasted.

The Southern Cassowary is a ‘keystone’ species. Through eating the fruit and pooing out the seeds of rainforest plants, it plays a vital role as the ‘rainforest gardener’. Many plants depend on the cassowary for survival. Without them, the future of the rainforest is in peril.

Southern Cassowaries are shy by nature and only pose a threat to humans and domestic animals when defending their nests or chicks, if they have become accustomed to hand feeding, or when threatened.

With your help, you have joined us to save this magnificent and little understood Australian by extending its habitat and making it safe. Thanks to you the Southern Cassowaries’ population numbers are increasing.

The Nightwings Project in Mossman QLD
The Nightwings Project in Mossman QLD
Planting Trees at Nightwings
Planting Trees at Nightwings
 
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