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.