Land sale saves the cassowary

VITAL cassowary habitat in the Daintree that could have been destroyed to make way for houses has been saved by a Mullumbimby-based organisation.

Rainforest Rescue this month finalised the purchase of its 12th property in the Daintree.

It is a 1.3 hectare pocket of pristine rainforest, home to six threatened species.

The block has also been classified by the Queensland Government as essential habitat for the endangered cassowary.

Only about 1000 cassowaries remain in the wild.

Chief executive Kelvin Davies said that was the main reason this particular property was chosen to be protected.

“Our job is to buy land in these residential precincts to stop houses being built,” he said.



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