Letting the Cassowary Tell a Cautionary Tale

The Cassowary is often used as a hero image for conservation. How fitting it is to have a dinosaur bird in the Daintree with its lineage going back millions of years to the ancient Gondwanan Rainforest. However, the Cassowary also helps us tell a more modern and precarious tale. The combined impacts of climate change […]

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World Cassowary Day

World Cassowary Day is being held in the Daintree Rainforest this year When: Saturday 24 September 10am to 2pm Where: Daintree Rainforest Observatory – JCU site, 3701 Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation What: Stalls (including food & coffee stalls). Entertainment area with live music throughout the day. Children’s entertainment tent with Cassowary Treasure hunts, craft, stories. Midday presentation by Dr […]

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Latest Cassowary Research from the Daintree

Camera trap image of a cassowary attracted to red lures. Cassowaries and Camera Traps by Wren. R. McLean, January 2016 A cassowary research project was conducted in the Daintree throughout 2014-15 by ex Rainforest Rescue employee and on-going giver Wren McLean. Wren has a long history with the Daintree and spent her 21st birthday (some […]

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A casque of thousands

Reproduced with permission from the Wet Tropics Management Authority A recent study examined the internal anatomy of a cassowary casque in an attempt to better understand its evolution and ecological function. The Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) is one of Australia’s most distinctive birds yet surprisingly, there is still much to learn about this majestic creature. […]

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Extending the reach of Save the Cassowary internationally

We are excited that the Save the Cassowary campaign could soon be extending its reach globally. We recently met with Carrie Brooks, the Education Program Coordinator at the Birmingham Zoo in Alabama USA, to discuss opportunities for collaboration. When Rainforest Rescue launched the Save the Cassowary campaign in March 2014 our goal was two-fold: Increase […]

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Fulfilling a life-long dream (or two)

Kate King, guest blogger travelled over 2500km to fulfill her dream…   In early Dec 2014, I was lucky enough to achieve two goals on my bucket list: Visit and explore the Daintree; and Spot a wild cassowary! After two weeks of searching I was starting to believe that I would not see one of […]

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Caring for cassowary orphans

Three orphan cassowary chicks are in care at Garners Beach Cassowary Rehabilitation Recovery Centre at Mission Beach. Two of the chicks have been in care since 11 October when they were found wandering down a road in south Mission Beach without their father. It is believed he was killed in a dog attack. The third […]

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The Southern Cassowary….a model father

The male Southern Cassowary is a role model for all dads, humans or otherwise. As a hard-working single parent they hatch their chicks and raise them, teaching them all they need to know until they are independent enough to make their own way in the world. Remind you of anyone? So this Father’s Day what […]

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Young Cassowary sightings on the increase at Daintree Discovery Centre

Young Cassowary sightings on the increase at Daintree Discovery Centre

from Adam Smith, Marketing Manager, Dainree Discovery Centre It’s been busy time at the Daintree Discovery Centre recently, with several wild Cassowaries making themselves known to excited visitors and staff. The individual male Cassowaries were seen cruising throughout the Centre, drinking and bathing themselves in Maclean’s creek. Cassowary sightings have been on the increase at […]

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