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. 

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.

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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.

A message from the Threatened Species Commissioner

On 25 February 2016, Gregory Andrews, the Threatened Species Commissioner, sent a message to the Cassowary Recovery Team about the importance of the southern cassowary in the Wet Tropics and Cape York and what we need to do to conserve this unique bird – nominated as one of the 20 priority bird species in Australia.

Click here or on the picture to view the video message.



Southern cassowary named as a priority for conservation


The southern cassowary has been added to the list of 20 birds which are identified as a priority for conservation under the Australian Threatened Species Strategy.

In July 2015 the strategy set out the Australian Government’s plans for action to protect and recover Australia’s threatened animals and plants. It included commitments to improve the trajectories of 20 threatened birds and 20 threatened mammals by 2020. Twelve birds and twelve mammals were identified at the launch of the strategy.

On 22 January 2016 the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced the remaining eight birds and eight mammals, including the southern cassowary and mahogany glider from the Wet Tropics of Queensland.

These additional 16 threatened species were identified through expert input and consultation with the scientific community, and through consideration against the Principles for Prioritisation in the Threatened Species Strategy.

You can download a copy of the factsheet for 20 birds by 2020 here. It includes short summaries about the eight birds recently added as priorities for conservation.