Save the Cassowary has been created in a unique partnership between Rainforest Rescue and our stakeholders, which include government organisations, business partners, Aboriginal Corporations, universities and 25 zoos and other non-government organisations, to raise awareness of the plight of the Endangered Southern Cassowary.
Already on the endangered list, there are feared to be less than 1,000 of this living dinosaur – which plays a vital role in rainforest regeneration – left in the wild.
We invite you to join us to save this magnificent and little understood Australian by getting to know the Cassowary, understanding its vital importance in nature and supporting the projects which protect and ensure its future.
Participating zoos will display special Save the Cassowary signs at their Cassowary enclosures to promote the campaign. Some will run special events, watch our events page for details.
Rainforest Rescue’s business partner BioPak has produced a special ‘art cup’ featuring the Southern Cassowary, which will be available Australia-wide from cafes and coffee sellers from March 2014. 20% of the profits from sales of the cup will be donated to the campaign to support Cassowary conservation.
Rainforest Rescue has launched this website savethecassowary.org.au – which contains a wealth of information about the Cassowary, the threats it faces and how everyone can do their bit to help.
The main aim of the campaign is to raise funds to support our Cassowary conservation programs in Far North Queensland, to complement the captive breeding program being undertaken by our zoo partners.
Current research opportunities to be considered and negotiated include;
Rainforest Rescue analysed mortality data and during the period 1992 to January 2014, 104 deaths were reported as vehicle strikes in the Wet Tropics.(2) Utilising existing data sets obtained from managing the number of cassowary road fatalities, assess spatial and temporal patterns to identify hotspots and identify intervention strategies to mitigate this.