ReForest Now Project

Daintree Rainforest

Savings the Iconic Cassowary ; Replanting Cassowary habitat and tree species

Area Restored

1.5 ha

Trees Planted


Carbon Sequestered

1,125 tones CO2

Project Summary

It has been estimated that only 4,500 Cassowaries remain in the Wet Tropics in Far North Queensland. The Queensland and federal governments have both listed the species as Endangered (NCA 1992, EPBC). This has occurred largely due to the loss of lowland tropical rainforest, car strikes and dog attacks which have all resulted in declines in the species. Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree rainforest is 1 of 6 important Cassowary conservation areas and supports a local population of around 103 Cassowaries. ReForest Now has partnered with Daintree Life and Douglas Shire Council to close unneeded roads in the Daintree. These have been closed and converted back to rainforest with a focus on native rainforest trees that provide food for Cassowaries.


Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation Section, Far North Queensland.

Project Status


Planting Period

December 2018-April 2019

Project Partners

 Funded by the Foundation for Australia’s Most Endangered Species Ltd. (FAME)
Supported by Daintree Life and Douglas Shire Council.


Cassowarius johnsonii, 112 species of rainforest trees planted in January 2019. 84 species of rainforest trees planted in April 2019.

Project Goals

Expand Cassowary habitat.
Provide food tree species for Cassowaries. Reduce human impact/pollution in the Daintree.
Support 48 local endangered species through increased habitat.
Monitor Cassowaries for population indicators.
Engage the local community. Increase awareness for the Cassowary.

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