Welcome to the website of the Cassowary Recovery Team (CRT), a group of organisations working together to implement the Recovery Plan for the Southern Cassowary and ‘protect cassowaries, habitats and corridors from threats through better planning, monitoring and community involvement’ .

We hope you enjoy exploring the site and learning more about the endangered Southern Cassowary and how we’re working to protect these magnificent birds. 

Chris Bennett Reserve

Rainforest Rescue has named an important rainforest block in honour of Chris Bennett and his work to conserve the Daintree lowlands. From the mid-nineties Chris helped to establish the Daintree Rainforest Foundation and championed fund-raising efforts to purchase the blocks now protected as the Baralba Wildlife Corridor Nature Refuge.

2006ca-cropThe Daintree Rainforest Foundation was awarded a Cassowary Award in 2006 by the Wet Tropics Management Authority for their efforts to conserve important areas of rainforest in areas adjacent to the World Heritage Area which provided habitat and ecological connectivity for animals such as the endangered southern cassowary.

The Chris Bennett Reserve is Lot 38 Cape Tribulation Road and was recently purchased following a fundraising campaign by Rainforest Rescue and the Douglas Shire Sustainability Group. It was the 26th property purchased by Rainforest Rescue. They have since purchased a  27th property (Lot 32 Cape Tribulation Road) as part of wildlife corridor connecting Daintree National Park and Nature Reserves in Cape Kimberley.

World Cassowary Day a huge success



worldcassowaryday3lrAbout 1000 cassowary devotees converged on the Daintree Rainforest Observatory to celebrate World Cassowary Day on Saturday 24 September. The Daintree rainforests provided a stunning backdrop to an exciting day.

Visitors and locals participated in wide range of activities for adults and children, browsed 40 colourful and informative stalls, and listened to a range of talks on cassowaries and their conservation, the Daintree Blockade and Wet Tropics insects.

The Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews, outlined the Australian Government’s plans to help the recovery of the endangered southern cassowary and recognised the strong community support for cassowary conservation.

Cairns was declared as the region to host the 2017 World Cassowary Day.

All photos provided courtesy of Daintree Marketing Co-op.




Rainforest Trust buys Daintree rainforest blocks

Kelvin Davies, Director of Rainforest Trust Australia at Lot 79-Buchanan Road

Kelvin Davies, CEO of Rainforest Trust Australia, at lot 79 Buchanan Road, Daintree Photo: Rainforest Trust

In July 2016 Rainforest Trust Australia bought lot 79 Buchanan in the Daintree as part of its project Expanding Daintree National Park. It is just over one hectare in size and forms part of an area of continuous habitat for the endangered southern cassowary.

CEO Kelvin Davies said the property is one of 20 slated for addition to the national park estate by Rainforest Trust Australia. ‘We’re currently negotiating with the Queensland government to have five properties we already own accepted for inclusion in the national park,’ he said. ‘And we have plans to buy another 14 properties as soon as possible.’The purchases complement the efforts of the Queensland Government, Douglas Shire Council and other non-government agencies to conserve the valuable lowland rainforests of the Daintree.

Kelvin Davies, Director of Rainforest Trust Australia at lot 79 Buchanan Road, Daintree Photo: Rainforest TrustKelvin Davies, CEO of Rainforest Trust Australia, at lot 79 Buchanan Road, Daintree Photo: Rainforest Trust

World Cassowary Day in the Daintree

Cassowary in rainforest Photo: Dave Kimble

Cassowary in rainforest Photo: Dave Kimble

World Cassowary Day will be held in the Daintree this year.

When: 10am to 2pm on 24 September 2016.

Where: Daintree Rainforest Observatory, 3701 Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation.

Parking: Free parking provided.  Just follow the signs on the day.

Activities: Over 30 stalls about cassowaries and other wildlife, music performances, wildlife displays, face painting and activities for kids.

Speakers: Topics include the world’s three cassowary species, the Daintree blockade, tracking cassowaries through their poo, cassowary seed dispersal, conserving cassowary habitat and a history of cassowary conservation.

Film: No Wabu, No Wuju, No Gunduy (No Rainforest, No Food, No Cassowary).

For more details, visit the World Cassowary Day website.

Follow World Cassowary Day on Facebook.


World Cassowary Day 2015


Coalition pledges $150,000 for cassowaries in Cape York

On World Environment day the Federal Government promised an additional $5 million to protect a number of threatened animal and plant species in Australia. One of the nine species to benefit is the southern cassowary.

The Cassowary Recovery Team would receive $150,000 to work with Indigenous communities in Cape York to study cassowary populations and improve cassowary habitat through activities such as fire management and pig control.



New operators for Garners Beach Cassowary Recovery Facility

Geoff Onus and Carolyn Emms from Rainforest Reserves Australia celebrate the agreement with a local cassowary

Geoff Onus and Carolyn Emms from Rainforest Reserves Australia celebrate the agreement with a local cassowary. Photo: Liz Gallie.

On 31 March 2016 Mission Beach residents helped to celebrate a new agreement to operate the local cassowary rehabilitation centre at Garners Beach.

Rainforest Reserves Australia has agreed to manage the day-to-day operations of the cassowary rehabilitation centre at Garners Beach for the next three years. Rainforest Reserves Australia is a not-for-profit organisation based in Far North Queensland. CEO Carolyn Emms said that ‘we live up here and we have an interest in the conservation of cassowaries.’

Since July 2105 EHP has allocated $80,000 to upgrade facilities at the rehabilitation centre and to allow the centre to continue operating. The centre can now accept adult cassowaries as well as chicks.

Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said that the Department of Environment and Heritage would continue to be the initial contact point for members of the public reporting cassowaries in need. EHP has specially trained wildlife officers who are ready to provide first responses to reports of cassowary incidents.

As part of the agreement Rainforest Reserves Australia will also work to establish a second cassowary rehabilitation facility at Lake Barrine on the Atherton Tableland.


Lindsay Delzoppo, Director of the Wildlife Management Unit (EHP), gets to know a local cassowary. Photo: Liz Gallie.