Flora in the Daintree: everyone involved in rainforest revegetation loves this tree and includes it in the mix. A small to medium tree, the Bleeding Heart (Homalanthus novoguineensis) is an extremely fast growing 'pioneer' species which favours disturbance in well developed rainforest, rainforest margins, wet sclerophyll, and swamp forest in northern Australia, Malesia, and the Solomon Islands. Fruiting prolifically just 18 months after planting, the small fruit (which ripens to a dull purple) is eagerly sought after by rainforest pigeons and doves, which themselves bring in other seed. Thus, in revegetation projects - or following major cyclone damage - this tree helps to promote rapid species diversity.
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Fauna in the Daintree: the Earth's second heaviest bird, the Southern Cassowary, is endangered. Once the female lays her eggs, father Cassowary diligently incubates them for around 50 days, and then looks after the chicks for around 9 months - keeping them safe and teaching them what to eat. Feeding on rainforest fruit, fungi, and occasional dead animals (for extra protein), Cassowaries are natural rainforest gardeners, spreading viable seeds over large distances - complete with a package of natural fertiliser. These birds have a mostly unwarranted fearsome reputation, but analysis shows that most aggressive encounters are the result of people getting too close to chicks, but over 70% of encounters are simply the result of people feeding wild Cassowaries (which is illegal), causing the birds to become habituated, demanding and aggressive.
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Fauna in the Daintree: most people in the wet tropics are familiar with our large rainforest gardeners, the Spectacled Flying-foxes, but at regular times of year, we get visitations from the much smaller and nomadic Little red Flying-foxes (Pteropus scapulatus). Little reds are highly mobile and are nectivorous; following the flowering of myrtaceous trees such as eucalyptus, corymbias, and melaleucas across vast distances. Here are three little orphans from a while back, which are really cute - even if one has his dummy in sideways.
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The Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii). The population in Cape York is typically far more elusive than their cousins down in the Wet Tropics, making it extra special to come across these guys in the tropical lowland rainforest of Iron Range, Cape York. The Cassowary is an incredibly important gardener for over 238 plant species, helping spread the seeds of rainforest trees, over huge areas. Sometimes the seeds are so massive that no other animal other than the cassowary can swallow and disperse them! Past and present stresses like habitat fragmentation, dog attack and vehicle strikes have caused significant population declines particularly in the Wet Tropics. 📷: @adecofoto
Mount Sorrow in Cape Tribulation is a superb adventure for experienced and fit walkers. Expect rainforest-clad mountains, spectacular views of Cape Tribulation Beach, fringing reef and the stunning Coral Sea🌴 . Allow 6 hours, take plenty of water and don't attempt the walk at night. Always check the weather as it can be slippery after a lot of rain. Also make sure you sign in with a local resort to let them know you're going on the walk! The best bit is you get to enjoy this amazing view at the top😍 ! 📸 @lucas.schwenk 📷: @junglesurfing
Great post from 📷: @imheadingnorth We couldn't agree more 🤗
Daintree National Park covers a vast area of over 1200 square kilometres. But the area that the average tourist gets to see? Not so vast.
For those without trekking boots and an adventurous spirit your visit is restricted to a much smaller area. And for those without wings your area is even smaller!
Not that any of us have wings mind you, which is a good thing for the Daintree Discovery Centre. Here you can get up into, and above, the canopy of this world-heritage listed area via walkways and a canopy tower.
For those of you who want to see the rainforest from higher than ground level, and that should be all of you!, I highly recommend a visit. #daintreediscoverycentre#daintree#rainforest