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.

Save the Cassowary campaign launch

Will Meikle (Wildlife Sydney Zoo), Chris Hibbard (Zoos & Aquarium Association) and Jennifer Croes (Rainforest Rescue) Photographer: ©Geof Webb, Rainforest Rescue

Will Meikle (Wildlife Sydney Zoo), Chris Hibbard (Zoos & Aquarium Association) and Jennifer Croes (Rainforest Rescue) Photographer: ©Geof Webb, Rainforest Rescue

Rainforest Rescue held its Save the Cassowary campaign launch at the Sydney Wildlife Zoo in Darling Harbour on Monday 17 March 2014. The campaign aims to raise local, national and international awareness about the plight of the endangered cassowary and to educate the public about its importance in rainforest conservation.

The endangered southern cassowary will be Rainforest Rescue’s 2014 ambassador species and the voice of the rainforest. Rainforest Rescue has initiated the Save the Cassowary campaign in collaboration with the Zoo Aquarium Association and partner zoos, the Queensland Department of Environment Heritage & Protection, local councils, Girringun Aboriginal Corporation and business partners to highlight the plight of the cassowary, our rainforest gardener.

The campaign is closely aligned with the Rainforest Rescue’s expanded activities in the Wet Tropics which include rainforest buy-back, habitat restoration, cassowary population monitoring, community education, and support for the Garners Beach Cassowary Recovery Facility.

Jennifer Croes, Rainforest Rescue’s Conservation Scientist, said ‘Rainforest Rescue has developed a campaign to bridge the conservation gap, working with all our partners but most importantly, the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation, to incorporate Traditional Owners and Indigenous knowledge and values to long-term conservation solutions. Cassowaries play not only a vital role in rainforest biodiversity, but also a significant cultural role in Indigenous traditions.

We are pleased to officially announce that Rainforest Rescue has entered a collaborative partnership with Queensland Government and the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation to manage the Cassowary Rehabilitation Centre at Garners Beach located in Mission Beach, Far North Queensland to care for injured, sick cassowaries and/or orphaned chicks to be released back in the wild where possible’.

Find out how you can support the campaign by visiting savethecassowary.org.au

Rainforest Rescue is an active member of the Cassowary Recovery Team.

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