Rainforest Rescue has initiated the Save the Cassowary campaign in collaboration with Australian partner zoos, government departments, local councils, Aboriginal Corporations and business partners to urgently highlight the future of the endangered ‘Rainforest Gardener’, the Southern Cassowary.
The Southern Cassowary is endemic to tropical Australia’s Wet Tropics region and a keystone species, whose loss would impact other species and the ecosystem. The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is the second most ‘irreplaceable natural World Heritage Area’ on earth. Many species in the Wet Tropics are only found there such as the Southern Cassowary, the Mahogany Glider and Tree Kangaroos.
Current estimates fear fewer than 1,000 birds are left in the Australian wild. Rapid development has eliminated 85% of its habitat. Little known to most Australians, this living dinosaur evolved millions of years ago, and is vital to the rainforest’s ecological functionality by dispersing the seeds of over 238 rainforest plant species.
Rainforest Rescue and our partners invite you to save this ‘living dinosaur’ by getting to know the Cassowary, understand its vital importance in nature and support Rainforest Rescue’s cassowary conservation initiatives including habitat protection through land buy-back; restoration of vital habitat and corridors; Garners Beach Cassowary rehabilitation centre; and the undertaking of further scientific research.