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Endangered Daintree Wildlife


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.
  • fragmented habitat (especially from roads and subdivisions),
  • vehicle traffic (road kills are the number one cause of adult cassowary deaths),
  • dogs (especially vicious towards chicks)
  • feral pigs (impact on their habitat).
  • Some birds have been shot despite this actions illegality.
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    Mahogany Glider


    The Mahogany 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.


    Musky Rat-Kangaroo


    This 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.


    Freshwater Fish


    Fish 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


    Many 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.


    Few are 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.

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