Report 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. After hours, this number goes to the Northern Region duty officer at the Wildlife Management Unit.
Don’t worry if the number goes to an answering machine – the ranger on duty may be busy attending to another matter. The ranger may also have to check before callers can be advised whether a wildlife officer will be available for a cassowary incident.
Please 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.
You 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.
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.
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.