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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.


A gift that keeps growing…

January 3rd, 2015

Since Christmas is a time of giving Dave and I used the money usually spent on buying chocolates for our tour agents to restore critical rainforest habitat for cassowaries and other rainforest animals.  We are proud to have just funded the planting and maintenance of 25 trees for two years in the Daintree Rainforest through Rainforest Rescue.


Best Tour Guide 2014

December 10th, 2014

We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded Best Tour Guide 2014 at the Douglas Business Awards last weekend. Dave’s passion, knowledge and quick wit won him this prestigious award out of 55 nominees including river, reef and rainforest guides. This accolade is particularly meaningful as it was voted by the public and there is no greater recommendation than that received from satisfied customers! 


Orphaned joeys

November 27th, 2014

Welcome to our blog! To start off with here is a short video that shows our latest orphaned joeys (Gough and Salvador) meeting for the first time. Very sweet.