Key to Cassowary conservation is you, you can help by assisting us, to increase the natural habitat, reduce road fatalities, having responsible dog owners which removes dogs as a threat.

No matter how big or small, your support is all we need!

Come along to World Cassowary Day, meet some great people, learn about what you can do to help the environment today.

To ensure the Cassowaries existence for future generations, come along and join in the celebrations and learn what you can do to help protect and ensure this birds survival. The Southern Cassowary is a keystone species, so if we get it right for this bird, we get it right for a lot of other species that live alongside the Cassowary in the forests of the Wet Tropics.

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Read more: World Cassowary Day 2017

As education is a vital part of recognising the importance of habitat and wildlife preservation, we are pleased to announce that students from Trinity Anglican School will be visiting the Tableland Cassowary Recovery Facility in October to further their knowledge and understanding of environmental concerns and care. They will be planting seeds, visiting Lake Barrine and the giant kauris, as well as looking at great farming practices which limit environmental impact.

Read more: Educating Kids

Rescued and recovered!

On the 5th of July Bella, a 50 year old Cassowary was struck by a car and presumed dead, so the car just kept on driving.  This incident happened near the Garners Beach Cassowary Rehabilitation Centre. Luckily for Bella, rescuer Ingrid Marker found Bella limping on the side of the road with injuries to the eye and left hip. We are sure Bella is thankful for the efforts of the rescuers involved: Ingrid Marker from Mission Beach, Pat from Tropical Tully Veterinarian Clinic, Sharon and Steve from Mission Beach Wildlife Carers, EHP Senior Wildlife Officer, Sunny Wardlaw and Shane O’Brien from Garners Beach Facility. She has made a full recovery and has been released, although she hasn’t been sighted recently.

 

Rainforest Trust Affiliation and TAX BENEFITS

Some more exciting news to date has been our amalgamation with Rainforest Trust, http://rainforesttrust.org, which will assist with fundraising efforts in order to pursue our goals for providing soft and safe release for our injured birds through revegetation at Barrine Park. This partnership will allow donors to claim tax benefits for which we do not yet have permission.

Read more: Rainforest Trust News

Threats to cassowaries! Dogs, cars and habitat loss

Dogs continue to be one of the main causes of cassowary injury and death – and the attacked birds often don’t make it to Garner’s Beach because they are mauled in the rainforest or on farms. This means there is little evidence or data collected on these deaths. On the Tableland we eliminate 10 – 15 dogs each year and have not seen packs of dogs since we began this process. A similar protection plan needs to be examined for the remaining cassowary habitat areas with state legislation to be drafted for this to occur.

Read more: Cassowary Threats

This young bird has been successfully treated and returned to its natural habitat in Mourilyan. A sad ending for our juvenile bird rescued from Topaz. Unfortunately the bird’s leg injury was not able to be cured, even with an expensive operation, so sadly we had to take the decision to euthanise it. Please encourage all members of the public to use the hotline (1300 130 372) and inform EHP immediately if an injured bird is sighted. A huge thank you to all the concerned members of the community who supported the bird during its short life.

 

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