The September 2013 edition of National Geographic has a ‘Big Bird’ story about cassowaries in the Wet Tropics and lots of wonderful photos by Christian Ziegler. You can read the story and see photos and videos on the National Geographic website.
The Cassowary Recovery Team assisted with information and editing for the article and data for the map.
New guidelines will help town planners and developers to protect the habitat of the region’s iconic cassowary and mahogany glider.
Habitat corridors connecting sections of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area are very important for the long term survival of cassowaries. Ecological corridors are a vital part of every Council’s new planning scheme. Good planning makes sure that their habitat is conserved and includes ecological corridors for wildlife to move across the landscape.
You can read more in the media release and cassowary guidelines flyer.
You can download the full Cassowaries in Planning Schemes Guideline.
On Sunday 20 November, the Queensland Government launched it’s new biodiversity strategy: Building Nature’s Resilience: A Biodiversity Strategy for Queensland.
One of the priorities in the strategy is “developing and implementing a Cassowary Rescue Plan in collaboration with key stakeholders in the Mission Beach area“. Continue reading