Report a Sighting

Cassowary run over 2007 (c) Campbell ClarkeReport an emergency

If you see a cassowary in trouble and in urgent need of assistance such as an injured bird, an orphaned chick, or a bird in clear distress (eg sick or starving), please call the 24 hour hotline: 1300 130 372

Don’t worry if the number goes to an answering machine – the ranger on duty may be attending to another matter. Leave as much detail as possible about the incident, location, timing and contact details so that local rangers or wildlife carers are able to respond appropriately.

Cassowaries Crossing (c) Deb PopleYou can also call the 24 hour hotline: 1300 130 372 if you see a cassowary crossing the road and think that there needs to be temporary cassowary crossing signs erected. Choose the injured cassowary option. This will notify the wildlife rangers that ‘recent cassowary crossing’ signs may need to be put up for a week to two.

Report general sightings

For all other non-urgent sightings, please email cassowary.sighting@ehp.qld.gov.au with the details. If you’re familiar with Microsoft Excel, you can download the Cassowary Incident Assessment Form and use it to report your sighting.

If you’re not sure about the age / life stage of the cassowary you saw, please refer to our handy Cassowary Identification page.

Help build local knowledge

Community groups in Mission Beach and the Daintree are keen to develop a better understanding of their local cassowary populations and would be grateful for photos and information about any cassowaries you’ve seen in their areas.

You can share information about sightings in the Mission Beach area via the Mission Beach Cassowaries group on Facebook or by filling in the sightings log at the C4 visitor centre.

The Daintree Region Cassowary Group would love information about sightings in the Daintree and Cape Tribulation area. Click on the “Submit Sighting” link on the front page of their website and complete the online form.