Going Going Gone? The Plight of the Southern Cassowary

Friends of the Earth has supported today's launch of a nationwide campaign, Save the Cassowary. The endangered Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) perches on the edge of extinction with perhaps as few as 1000 remaining in the tropical rainforests of Far North Queensland.

Going Going Gone? The Plight of the Southern Cassowary

The Rainforest Information Centre officially launched their new nationwide campaign, Save the Cassowary, on Wednesday, June 23rd.
The endangered Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) perches on the edge of extinction with perhaps as few as 1000 remaining in the tropical rainforests of Far North Queensland. The Wet Tropics depend on the Southern Cassowary to disperse and germinate seeds of up to 150 rainforest plant species.
The primary threats to these ancient flightless birds are loss of habitat and road kill associated with development. The increase of traffic through Cassowary habitat has resulted in 60 Cassaowaries being killed over the past 15 years

Dog attacks and obstacles to free movement in the landscape such as fences are also major threats being introduced by residential development. 

At Mission Beach, subdivisions are creating more than 1000 new residential blocks and in the Daintree, 185 rainforest properties are zoned for development.

The Rainforest Information Centre is urging the Federal Government to provide funds to buy back the remaining undeveloped properties in the Daintree and Mission Beach, vital primary habitat for the Cassowary.

To Act Now, please take a moment to send a letter to Minister Garrett at www.savethecassowary.org.au or email us at enquiries@savethecassowary.org.au to request postcards for you and your friends to sign.