The Bush Stone-Curlew, or bush thick-knee, is a large, mainly nocturnal, ground-dwelling bird endemic to Australia. It specialises in hunting small grassland animals such as frogs, spiders, insects, molluscs, crustaceans, snakes, lizards and small mammals. Despite their ungainly appearance, they are steady, fast and agile. It is found in all states, except for Tasmania but numbers have drastically declined in south-eastern parts of Australia and it is now endangered in New South Wales.
The Bush Stone-Curlews can be seen in our Kangaroo Walkabout.
The cassowary is the world’s deadliest bird using its inner nail to defend and attack its predators. Similar to its relatives the emu and ostrich, cassowaries are a flightless bird, meaning that they can’t actually fly.
Unfortunately, cassowaries and their habitats are under threat due to deforestation. With the help of the WILD LIFE Conservation Fund actions are being taken to help preserve their habitats.