Anne O’Brien organising Colin’s flight from Fiji
Colin the Cassowary has kindly been donated to the Wet Tropics by artist Anne O’Brien from Fiji. Anne makes life-sized, realistic sculptures using recycled fabrics – see her anniemalsartist website. Colin is now on permanent loan to the Cassowary Recovery Team to help raise awareness of the plight of cassowaries.
Colin has already met the Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews, at the Australian Birdfair in Sydney and is now being cared for by Kuranda Conservation.
Jax Bergersen, Gregory Andrews, Colin the Cassowary and Dianne Daniels at Birdfair Australia
Jax and Colin get to know each other
Colin attends a Cassowary Recovery Team meeting
Did you know that cassowaries can run up to 50km/hr and weigh up to 76kg? You can find lots of curious cassowary facts on a wonderful short clip by Queensland Holidays.
You can view it on You Tube or go to the Queensland tourism website
Year 4 students at Gordonvale State School wrote the following article for the Cairns Post News in Education on Tuesday 4 June 2013.
The Wet Tropics Management Authority has developed some new signs to educate people about cassowaries. Cassowary Coast Regional Council will be putting them up where cassowaries are frequently seen.
A new sign will also be put up at Coquette Point where cassowaries are often seen on the beach and in the nearby rainforest and swamps. The sign also tells people to look after the little terns and other shorebirds that nest on the dunes and visit the beaches.
New guidelines will help town planners and developers to protect the habitat of the region’s iconic cassowary and mahogany glider.
Habitat corridors connecting sections of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area are very important for the long term survival of cassowaries. Ecological corridors are a vital part of every Council’s new planning scheme. Good planning makes sure that their habitat is conserved and includes ecological corridors for wildlife to move across the landscape.
You can read more in the media release and cassowary guidelines flyer.
You can download the full Cassowaries in Planning Schemes Guideline.