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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.