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Turkey vs Snake

March 7th, 2017

Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

Brush turkey vs Black snake!

What a treat to witness this rare interaction between a snake and brush turkey. While the bird take a 'passive aggressive' approach (turning around and kicking sand) the snake opts for a more assertive tactic. Who do you think is the victor?Video captured by our wonderful guide DeanVisit Port Douglas & Daintree Explore Tropical North Queensland Visit Queensland, Australia Australia.com Tourism Port Douglas Discover Queensland Destination Daintree

Posted by Daintree Wonder Tours on Tuesday, 28 February 2017

 

What a treat for our guests witness this rare interaction between a snake and brush turkey. While the bird take a ‘passive aggressive’ approach (turning around and kicking sand) the snake opts for a more assertive tactic.

Video captured by our wonderful guide Dean

Fortunately both animals were unharmed and went their separate ways following the chance encounter.


Coco’s story

January 5th, 2017

This is ‘Coco’ – a male agile wallaby joey. Many readers would be familiar with his mother Apple, a charismatic wallaby that won the hearts of many visitors to Thala Beach Nature Reserve (for more on Apple click here). Sadly Apple passed away recently, leaving Coco an orphan. The good news is that despite a rocky start Coco is doing well and will one day be released back to the wild.

THE RESCUE.

About 6:30pm on November 8th we received a distressed call from Loren at Thala Beach Nature Reserve reporting that Apple was very sick and that her joey had gotten a fright and run off into the bush. He was still quite young (less than 1kg) and not used to spending much time away from mum, especially at night. We arrived  just on dusk and immediately started scouring the area. I was not optimistic we would find him – trying to to locate a tiny, scared joey in a huge area of thick bush at night is like trying to finding a needle in a haystack. But we we had to try. Armed with our headlights we split up. After about 20mins of fruitless searching I suddenly I heard someone cry out ‘He’s here! He’s here!’. Loren had heard a ‘chirp’ which is a peculiar sound made by joeys to call their mothers. He only did it the one time, but that was enough to hone in on the sound. In the beam of Loren’s torchlight appeared a small, brown fur ball.

We couldn’t believe our luck – against all odds we had found him!

IN CARE.

Coco after his first night in care. His left eye is swollen and tender due to green ant bites.

Sucking his dummy. Marsupials have an innate urge to suckle and having a dummy helps reduce the stress of orphaning.

That face.

Coco was severely underweight and dehydrated by the time we got him so received fluids immediately upon getting him home (via subcutaneous injection). His left eye was swollen and he couldn’t open it as a result of green ant bites. Other than that he seemed ok and took the bottle well. He continued to feed and after a few days of medicated drops was able to open his eye again. He did well for first two weeks but then started to show signs of illness – diahorrea, lethargy and an unwillingness to eat. He was diagnosed with e.coli and pneumonia – both common killers in orphaned joeys.

Keeping Coco hydrated with electrolytes. Joeys can dehydrate and perish quickly so it’s very important to keep them hydrated at all times

A few of the medications Coco was on. Poor little thing had to be stabbed with multiple needles every day as the best way to administer antibiotics to wallabies is via intramuscular injection. 

After consulting with vets and other wildlife carers Coco was put on a treatement regime that included 3 different types of antibiotics (administered intramuscularly), electrolytes and supplements. He needed constant monitoring and neither of us got much sleep! After a week of critical care he started to show signs of improvement and we are thrilled to report that since then has made a full recovery.

Here he is enjoying a hop shortly after a rain shower.



World Cassowary Day a huge success!

October 9th, 2016

The Daintree Rainforest’s first ever World Cassowary Day celebration was held this month at the JCU Daintree Rainforest Observatory near Cape Tribulation. With perfect weather, around 35 market/conservation stalls a a jam packed program of guest speakers the day did not disappoint. Around 500 people joined us in celebrating ALL THINGS CASSOWARY and many even took part in the tree planting event held by the Rainforest Trust.

A range of excellent presentations we held in the conference hall highlighting the great work of Cassowary research scientists including Tom Lawton, Dr David Wescott while Entomologist Dr Claire Baker did a kids presentation on bugs and Mossman based author presented a history on the Daintree Blockade

Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews detailed the federal Governments ambitious aims and strategies to aid the recovery of our threatened Species and in particular the Southern Cassowary

Daintree Wonder Tours was proud to be a sponsor of the event.

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And to cap off a fantastic day look what we were privileged to seeing on the drive home…

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World Cassowary Day

August 14th, 2016

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Daintree Wonder Tours is a proud sponsor of the 2016 WORLD CASSOWARY DAY which will be held at the Daintree Rainforest Observatory on Saturday September 24th, 2016.  The community event will run from 10am-2pm and include talks by cassowary experts, conservation and market stalls, live music, food, kids activities (face painting, story time, scavenger hunt etc), a film screening and much more. Please join us for a great day of learning and celebrating all things cassowary!
The Daintree Rainforest Observatory is located at 3701 Cape Tribulation Road, just north of the old Coconut Beach Resort. You can put it into Google Maps but make sure you do this BEFORE the ferry beacuse of limited reception in the forest.

For a schedule of the day’s events go to: http://www.destinationdaintree.com/world-cassowary-day?pageID=841

Or check out the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/WorldCassowaryDay

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Water Wallaby

March 23rd, 2016

This little joey loves water! Peg is an Agile wallaby (Macropus agilis) who really enjoys a dip in the creek. This is all the more impressive when you realise that when she arrived into care she had a badly broken leg (hence her name ‘Peg Leg’). With orthopaedic surgery and lots of TLC she has made a complete recovery and is now making the most of her second chance in the wild!

 


Dave the voice of Daintree

January 15th, 2016

We were thrilled to be involved in a recent project to promote Queensland’s World Heritage sites through a series of short films. Dave from Daintree Wonder Tours narrates this beautiful piece of footage which was all shot locally in the Daintree rainforest.

 

 


Daintree Dinosaurs feast on roadkill

May 26th, 2015

Enormous, carnivorous birds sound like something out of Jurassic Park but can be seen right here in the Daintree Rainforest. Southern Cassowaries are ratites, an group of flightless birds with strong connections to dinosaurs. The cassowary’s horned head appendage is called a ‘casque’ is thought to serve a similar function as the helmet of the lambeosaurus (duck-billed dinosaur). Their feet and respiratory structures are also similar to theropod dinosaurs. This prehistoric bird plays an important role in the health of the ecosystem by dispersing and helping to germinate many rainforest plants. Although tropical fruits make up the bulk of their diets, cassowaries have also been seen feeding on snails, insects, frogs, birds, fish, rats, mice and carrion.

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Our tour recently came across this male cassowary and his chick who couldn’t risist a meal of pademelon (small, rainforest wallaby) road kill. Although somewhat shocking to see, this behaviour is natural and provides a much needed protein hit to a normally vegetarian diet. Watching these birds shake apart and gulp down pieces of meat makes one wonder if there really are dinosaurs still living in this ancient land….


Green ant mimicking spider gets a meal!

April 29th, 2015

The green ant mimicking spider is a unique and ingenious hunter. With a colour pattern similar to that of a green tree ant it is well positioned to deceive its prey. But this spider takes the illusion one step further by positioning its front legs atop its head to look like antennae, thus taking on the appearance of an ant (you can see the spider doing this in the video below)

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This disguise allows the spider to infiltrate a green ant colony undetected. It then spins a web from which it hangs and begins to struggle like an ant in distress. As faithful colony mates come rushing to the rescue the spider reveals its true self – nabbing a mouthful of green ant in the process.

Green ant mimicking spiders are rare enough to see on their own but this was the first time any of us have actually witnessed a spider with its prey. Very cool (though maybe not so much for the poor little green ant)!


Dave on Sunrise Morning Show

March 12th, 2015

Last weekend Dave made his morning television debut chatting with James Tobin from Sunrise at the Mossman Gorge.