Rainforest rescue calls

BY Friday, Rainforest Rescue hopes to have secured its 16th property in the Daintree.

But the Mullumbimby-based organisation still needs to raise the last $16,000, so they need your help.

Chief executive Kelvin Davies said the property, in Buchanan Creek Rd at Cow Bay, had development approval so that it could be built on unless bought by Rainforest Rescue.

"This is essential habitat for the endangered cassowary," he said.

"There are only an estimated 1000 of these birds left in Australia. We don't want to fragment their habitat with housing or other development.

"It's also got high biodiversity value - our research team has found at least 166 different plant species.

"It's such a magical place."

The block of land is also home to a number of hope's cycads.

Mr Davies said the cycads resembled palm trees and have existed for hundreds of millions of years.

"These ancient plants were around when the first dinosaurs appeared, and were still there when they became extinct," he said.

"Now, many cycads are themselves extinct, and yet others are rare.

"This Daintree property is home to hope's cycads that could be almost 1000 years old.

"It is essential that they are protected."

Supporters of Rainforest Rescue had already helped the organisation acquire 15 properties in the Daintree without any government assistance.

To contribute towards the $16,000 they need, visit rainforest rescue.org.au or phone them on 1300 763 611.



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