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’s partnership is with Rainforest Rescue and it supports the planting of native fruit trees to expand existing and create new wildlife corridors.