Cassowary Calling Card spreads the word on saving the Rainforest
Cape Tribulation, 13th December, 2017 – Who would think selling jelly beans as bird poo was a sweet idea?
But when the bird in question is the remarkable yet rare cassowary, those droppings should be promoted in the nicest possible way – its poo literally grows trees.
And the extremely popular bags of “Cassowary Poo” sold at the Daintree Discovery Centre are doing just that. The cassowary is much more to the rainforest than its largest and most exotic animal.
The birds eat fruit and fungi and as the material passes through their digestive system only the seed is left to be dropped and germinate in another part of the forest away from the mother tree.
Many rainforest species only grow from cassowary droppings. Daintree Discovery Centre manager Abi Ralph said the “poo” shows how vital the birds are to the rainforest in a way that appeals to children and adults alike.
“We were looking for something inventive for World Cassowary Day 2016. We had little bags of colourful chocolate, but due to our weather, we found they were melting.
“Now Cassowary Poo, which has been trademarked, has grown into this wonderful product that gets people talking and raises awareness of this crucial but endangered species.
“We can also supply Cassowary Poo wholesale to other likeminded businesses or businesses within Cassowary territory,” she said.
As well as being an enlightening treat, each packet of Cassowary Poo sold means a donation to Rainforest Rescue, which helps protect the Daintree environment, including restoring corridors for wildlife to move around freely.
For more information on Daintree Discovery Centre visit www.discoverthedaintree.com or Rainforest Rescue visit rainforestrescue.org.au.
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