17 Mar 2014 14:29:33
Save the Cassowary Campaign Gets Underway
Today was a milestone for the endangered Southern Cassowary species, as Rainforest Rescue and its partners (including us here at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo) launched the 'Save the Cassowary' campaign, with the aim of highlighting the plight of one of Australia's most amazing animals.
With current population estimates suggesting there's fewer than 1,000 birds left in the Australian wild and rapid development eliminating 85% of the cassowary's natural habitat, the future looks bleak for this much admired bird unless drastic action takes place.
A ribbon cutting ceremony at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo marked the official start of the campaign and Jennifer Croes, Rainforest Rescue's Conservation Scientist, spoke on the unprecedented nature of the campaign:
"Rainforest Rescue has developed a campaign to bridge the conservation gap, working with all our partners but most importantly, the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation, to incorporate Traditional Owners and Indigenous knowledge and values to long-term conservation solutions. Cassowaries play not only a vital role in rainforest biodiversity, but also a significant cultural role in Indigenous traditions.
We are pleased to officially announce that Rainforest Rescue has entered a collaborative partnership with QLD Government and the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation to manage the Cassowary Rehabilitation Centre at Garners Beach located in Mission Beach, Far North Queensland to care for injured, sick cassowaries and/or orphaned chicks to be released back in the wild where possible."
It is hoped an increased awareness from the public will help win the race to save this 'living dinosaur'. To find out more and how you can make a difference, visit www.savethecassowary.org.au