Taronga supports a Cassowary conservation project to reforest essential Cassowary habitat in the Daintree Rainforest.
As few as 1 000 Cassowaries remain in the wild in Australia. The survival of this species is critically dependant on the protection of important habitat refuges and the reforestation of previously cleared and fragmented areas. In 2007 the population at Mission Beach was estimated at 110; today it is estimated at just 40-50 birds partly due to the damage caused by Cyclone Yasi in 2011.
Taronga has recently come on board with the ‘Save the Cassowary’ campaign led by Rainforest Rescue. This is a national campaign that aims to educate the general public, increase awareness and raise funds to address the plight of the Southern Cassowary in Australia. It is expected that the wide engagement will provide opportunities to develop new expertise in the fields of biodiversity conservation in the Wet Tropics. The Zoo and Aquarium Association and several zoos across Australia support this campaign. Visit savethecassowary.org.au for more information.