Queensland’s Daintree forest is the oldest tropical rainforest on earth. It houses some of the most biologically diverse flora and fauna in the world. The forest has 80% of the world’s fern species, 40% of Australia’s bird species and 35% of Australia’s mammals all reside and contribute to the Daintree’s ecosystem.
The Daintree is one of many forests that need protection from the increasing threat of climate change. Ian Darbyshire, CEO of The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife (FNPW) is certain public donations through the FNPW will be able to secure and help protect parts of the rainforest that are under the greatest threat.
The Daintree isn’t just a significant piece of Australia’s natural history but the home of many critically endangered animals. Not only do we need to preserve this natural habitat but also protect the animals residing within it.
The rainforest is home to many mammals and birds that are exclusive to the Daintree. Species such as the Bennett’s and Lumholtz Tree Kangaroos, Daintree River Ringtail Possum, Buff Breasted Paradise Kingfisher, the Spotted-Tailed Quoll and the Cassowary. The Cassowary is a particularly important contributor to the rainforest’s ecology as it’s responsible for wider seed dispersal.
Image: Cassowary, shutterstock
There are 122 different animal and plant species listed as threatened within the Daintree.
Inside the Daintree, there are several corridors sectioned off by private landowners causing havoc to the environment and living ecosystem. The FNWP assists local landowners with conservation and preservation. Over the course of 47 years, the FNWP have strategically been buying parcels of land for the purpose of creating wildlife corridors so as to increase survival rates for the native animals and prevent plant extinction.
“Australia’s national parks and rainforests are irreplaceable and need to be preserved. FNPW works to protect habitats at risk and the best way to achieve that permanent protection is through land purchases. National Parks are guaranteed to be permanently protected, however private reserves are not, therefore it is vital to conserve as much as we can. It can cost as little as $200 to purchase one hectare of habitat which can help protect the rainforest and the critically endangered species within it,” says Darbyshire