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Jul 29, 2013

More Cassowary habitat protected

Daintree Buy Back Banner
Daintree Buy Back Banner

Dear Friends & Supporters

Thanks to your generous support another rainforest property in the Daintree Rainforest has been protected.

Recently we celebrated the purchase and protection of our 21st property in the Daintree, home to the Endangered Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii). With only 1,000 Cassowaries left in the wild in Australia, every rainforest property protected ensures the survival of this important rainforest species.

Our 21st property at Lot 76 Rosewood Road Cow Bay is the eighth property to be included in our Baralba Corridor Nature Refuge. The word 'Baralba' comes from the local Aboriginal people, the kuki yalanji, and means  'wildlife track'. The corridor provides critical habitat linkages between two sections of the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area.

The purchase of Lot 76 Rosewood Road came about when the owners contacted Rainforest Rescue directly to seek advice on how to minimise the impact on the surrounding rainforest when building their dream home. It's a tough question and one we get asked from time to time by landowners in the Daintree. As always we respond with the tough answer: Don't build your home there. We suggested to the owner that perhaps he and his family would consider selling the property to us instead so that we could save the rainforest forever.

At the time the owner was committed to building his family dream home and we left the conversation there. A few months passed and he contacted us again. We were surprised and delighted when he said he would consider selling us the property at a price that would only recover their costs, and not to make a profit on the sale. The family came to this decision after seeing Endangered Southern Cassowaries on their property.

With each property that we purchase we come one step closer to achieving our vision of buying back all properties in the Daintree Rainforest threatened by residential development.

Right now five properties are at the top of our urgent buy back list. Please donate now to ensure  precious Cassowary habitat is preserved forever.

Four of the properties are located in the Forest Creek Precinct and form an almost continuous rainforest block. Buying all four at once will create a critical wildlife corridor for the Endangered Southern Cassowary and 122 other rare and threatened species that call the Daintree home. These properties are also close to four other properties purchased and protected by Rainforest Rescue thereby consolidating 10 years worth of conservation efforts in this area of the Daintree.

The fifth property is located in the Kimberely Precinct and is nearby to six other Rainforest Rescue properties.

The purchase of these five properties will go a long way to helping us achieve our vision to buy back and protect all remaining 180 properties threatened by residential development in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest by 2030.

Please donate today and save the Daintree forever.

May 29, 2013

A Long...List of Project Beneficiaries

Celebrating Wildlife of The Big Scrub
Celebrating Wildlife of The Big Scrub

Dear friends,

Rainforest Rescue's work to protect and expand The Big Scrub Rainforest indeed has beneficiaries.  Working with the Aboriginal community helps low-income families develop a sustainable/eco-friendly economy.  Helping rainforest ecosystems also aids the local and global environment.  This being the most bio-diverse ecosystem in all New South Wales, we thought it would be nice to give you a list of all the threatened species that live in and around the area, and depend on the well-being of The Big Scrub Rainforest.  Helping an incredible "green team" develop a 21st century model for a more sustainable economy has the same effect as throwing a stone into a pond, and then seeing the classic ripple effect.  Your donations make an impact and this impact carries on.   

From great birds like the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, to the Giant Barred Frog and from the Spotted-tailed Quoll to flying foxes and even the beloved koala, some Australia's most iconic and keystone species reside in this great, yet small and fragile rainforest.  We invite you to get to know some of the natural beauties your support is directly touching.  Our next Project Report will be an update on the work your donations are generously supporting.  Please see the link below and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Paul Medici, at


Your support is greatly needed and we encourage you to donate to the project again, if it is within your means.  The Madhima Gulgan Bush Regeneration Team is seeking growth in numbers and this can only be accomplished through work projects.  Your donations help create the projects that need to be done--planting trees, essential weeding and other forest regeneration work, creating wildlife corridors and nursery work.



Paul Medici






coming up

Wilson's Creek, Big Scrub
Wilson's Creek, Big Scrub
Parts of the Big Scrub Rainforest
Parts of the Big Scrub Rainforest
May 2, 2013

American Actress Joins as RR Ambassador

Thushari Jayasekera
Thushari Jayasekera

Dear Friends, 

American actress Thushari Jayasekera has been invited as an ambassador to Rainforest Rescue’s Sri Lanka Plant a Rainforest Project. Thushari will help create awareness about why it’s important to help protect the natural resources of the Sinharaja Rainforest located in the southwestern region of the island.

 Thushari decided to take part because she cares about healing the environment as a whole. She has already written some paragraphs as to why she supports the long term preservation of this “hot spot” through Rainforest Rescue’s profile on Global Giving.

GlobalGiving provides a portal for individuals to donate to worthy causes throughout the world. “For Rainforest Rescue it provides us with an opportunity to offer our US-based supporters an easy way to donate to our projects and receive a tax-deduction” said Erryn Stephens, Fundraising & Communications Manager at Rainforest Rescue.

“We are very grateful to Thushari for raising the profile of our work within the Sinharaja Forest Reserve” says Ms Erryn Stephens.

About the Sinharaja Forest Reserve Project:

Rainforest Rescue’s Sri Lanka Plant a Rainforest Project is working in partnership with Rainforest Rescue International (RRI) to create a rainforest corridor between the two largest remaining rainforest areas in south-west Sri Lanka, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and the nearby Kanneliya Forest. Sri Lanka’s rainforests are one of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet with a total cover of less than a few thousand hectares. Continual deforestation has lead to one of the highest rates of threatened and endangered species in the world.


About Thushari:

She is best known, among other things, for playing Pinky on NBC Outsourced, for narrating the audiobook Love Marriage, and being a Golden Raspberry Awards Presenter

Thank you for your support friends.  If you have any questions on this project, please feel free to send me an email at . 



Paul Medici 

Thushari in Sri Lanka
Thushari in Sri Lanka
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