The cassowary is one of the main endangered species
in the Daintree that is vital for the Daintree's survival. It is under threat mainly for the following reasons:
loss of habitat
through clearing for residential purposes.
habitat (especially from roads and subdivisions),
traffic (road kills are the number one cause of adult cassowary deaths),
vicious towards chicks)
pigs (impact on their habitat).
Some birds have been shot despite this
Glider is critically endangered. This animal was believed to be extinct in the 1800's until a living specimen was found in
1989. Although it is not rainforest dependant, the Mahogany Glider has been found living in the Daintree.
animal gets its name from its way of walking-half kangaroo jump, half rodent walk. It is mainly threatened by habitat clearing
and is not yet officially classified endangered although it is being driven close.
face many problems both now and in the future. Most species are found in lower reachers of rivers and creeks and therefore
fall outside World Heritage Protection boundaries. Relocation by humans is a major issue. Whether it be moving fish in or
out of the Daintree habitat. Recreational and commercial fishing will greatly affect them along with the altering of stream
flow unnaturally. Water management schemes must be carefully monitored to ensure no variations in the fishs' natural habitat.
butterflies and moths are common throughout the Daintree. However, there are some exceptions. They are faced with problems
such as habitat clearing for large scale developments and collection.
also affected by an interesting problem. The native plant on which they feed is toxic to all but them. However, a similar
plant was introduced from America which gives the same signal. The problem being that when they attach to the american substitute
and feed from it, they cannot repel the toxin and therefore become poisoned and die.