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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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The conservation and reforestation work of Rainforest Rescue in the Daintree has received a $2510.90 boost thanks to the support of the Daintree Discovery Centre (DDC) and its many visitors.
This year’s contribution included $827.95 donated by the public at the Centre in the 2016-17 financial year. This amount was matched by the Centre and boosted by a further $855 raised through sales of reusable take-away Cassowary rainforest cups.
Rainforest Rescue is a conservation charity, set up in 1988 to protect rainforests through buying threatened properties, restoring damaged and fragmented habitat through reforestation, conserving biodiversity and cultural heritage of rainforest and learning, sharing and raising awareness of the forest.
Daintree Discovery Centre general manager Brian Arnold said it had worked in partnership with Rainforest Rescue in recent years through not only fundraising, but also all-important seed collecting and tree planting.
“The only way we can increase cassowary numbers is by creating more habitat and, in turn, food. Our partnership with Rainforest Rescue ensures the survival not only of the rainforest but also its animals, especially the cassowary,” Mr Arnold said.
Mr Arnold said in addition to the contribution made through the sale off the reusable take-away Cassowary rainforest cups, the Centre had added Cassowary Poo! to its product offering.
“We are really excited to offer this new product, which not only draws attention to the cassowary and its importance to the Daintree Rainforest, but is also a fun, tasty jelly bean treat.
“It will be a great promotional tool to lift the profile of the Centre and its role as a leader in sustainable tourism.”
Mr Arnold said he hoped Cassowary Poo! would one day be offered at other retail outlets throughout the region where the cassowary lives.
“We would also love to see this product on an airline that has direct access to the people/tourists who choose to holiday in Queensland and are looking to make the Daintree one of the key places they want to visit.
Rainforest Rescue chief executive officer Julian Gray was delighted with this year’s financial boost by a local business and visitors from the region and throughout the world who appreciated their rainforest experience.
“We greatly appreciate the strong support of the Daintree Discovery Centre in engaging its visitors to help support the conservation of the internationally unique Daintree rainforest,” Mr Gray said.
“It’s very important for tourism businesses to support the long-term conservation and enhancement of this fragile and threatened environment.
“In addition to financial support, we appreciate the contribution Daintree Discovery Centre makes in collecting seeds for Rainforest Rescue’s Native Nursery, which powers our reforestation work.”
The nursery is located in the Daintree National Park on land owned by the Queensland Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Rainforest Rescue’s nursery manager oversees a committed group of volunteers who help raise, on average, 20,000 plants comprised of more than 200 species a year.
The nursery propagates and grows all the rainforest trees for Rainforest Rescue’s Daintree lowland revegetation projects, and the efforts of other Daintree landholders. All of the seeds are collected from the Daintree lowland rainforest between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation and the trees are planted in this area.
Prior to 2010 the nursery was managed for many years by the Daintree Cassowary Care Group, a volunteer community organisation.
The Daintree Discovery Centre showcases the oldest rainforest on the planet in a sustainable and environmentally sensitive manner, and works to preserve the fragile eco system through scientific research, revegetation programs and other carbon reduction initiatives.
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Daintree Discovery Centre is now selling Cassowary Poo! A special product to raise awareness and conservation around these important keystone species.
Did you know cassowaries help grow the rainforest? They eat fruit and fungi and are the only known disperser of many larger-fruited rainforest plant species.
Once the fruit has passed through their digestive system, most of the fleshy part has been removed from the seed, leaving it ready to germinate in a lovely pile of compost – or Cassowary Poo! to you – in another part of the forest away from the mother tree.
What make this product even more special, is that for every sale, we give back to Rainforest Rescue, helping to protect the Daintree rainforest and restore important wildlife corridors.
Budding junior paleontologists are enjoying getting down among the sand in the “Dino Dig” at Daintree Discovery Centre.
General Manager Brian Arnold said the centre’s latest attraction was aimed in part at keeping the kids entertained hunting for “fossils” while their parents relaxed and enjoyed a brew in the coffee shop.
“It’s a fun thing but with an educational component via our Jurassic Forest Dinosaur Display,” Mr Arnold said.
The Jurassic Forest exhibit features seven animated dinosaurs, some of which represent a special group that roamed parts of Queensland more than 65 million years ago. The models include a seven-metre long Ripper Lizard, a Giant Thunderbird and a dynamic Diprotodon.
“The rainforest north of the Daintree River which is home to the Daintree Discovery Centre is an ancient refuge and many plant species found at the centre are millions of years older than the dinosaurs – they are ‘green dinosaurs’, according to Sir David Attenborough,” he said.
“We examine the links between the rainforest and the role it plays in offsetting CO2 and the impact of climate change and how it affects the environment.
“We ask the question – did the dinosaurs disappear because of cataclysmic changes in the climate.”
The Daintree Discovery Centre was established in 1989 and is widely recognised as a leader in ecotourism, and in particular, environmental conservation.
The award-winning display showcases the oldest rainforest on the planet in a sustainable and environmentally sensitive manner, and works to preserve this fragile ecosystem through scientific research, revegetation programs and other carbon reduction initiatives.
Admission to Daintree Discovery Centre includes self-guided audio tours, access to the canopy tower and aerial walkways, various interpretive displays, a 68-page interpretive guidebook, and seven-day free re-entry to the children’s audio tour.
For more information on the Daintree Discovery Centre visit www.discoverthedaintree.com.
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0417 202 663
The hunt is on in Port Douglas with an afternoon bevy and some exciting Daintree product to be discovered #cantwait #daintreediscovery #portdouglasagentstreasurehunt
Captured this beaut pic of a Dainty Green Tree Frog Have a look at its stunning yellow eyes and rich green colour. It is medium sized, growing to be around 4.5cm
We have our very own dragon here in the Daintree ✌️ The Jalbil is also known as Boyds Forest Dragon and is endemic to the rainforests of Tropical North Queensland. These masters of camouflage tend to be quite elusive little creatures so we got lucky today.
You can’t have a rainforest without a little rain, or in this case, a lot! Fortunately the Centre is located high off the ground, so visitors can enjoy the rain, and our Centre, while keeping their feet dry.
Roaming guides will be on deck these school holidays at the award-winning Daintree Discovery Centre to add to visitors’ rainforest experience.
The guide, unmissable in a bright green shirt that stands out against the darker rainforest foliage, will provide interesting, structured talks at vantage points along the various walks and aerial walkway.
This is in addition to the free audio guides that are provided for visitors’ use as part of the entrance fee.
Structured talks on a variety of subjects include explanations of the biology, traditional and cultural uses and evolutionary niches of the different plant species that may be fruiting or flowering at the time.
Daintree Discovery Centre spokesperson Brian Arnold said the Centre was the perfect place for visitors to start their Daintree adventure as it offered an entertaining and informative insight into the ancient forest and its inhabitants and how the ecosystem worked.
“There is no doubt the Daintree is a bucket list destination and many people have spent a lot of time and money to come here.
“Our goal has always been to make sure these people leave the Centre with a lot more knowledge than what they arrived with, giving them the tools to go on and further explore this incredible eco-system.”
Mr Arnold said having the different interpretive walks from the forest floor to the the aerial walkway and 23-metre high canopy tower, means people can gain an understanding of the rainforest and its different stratas, from the ground up through the middle layers to the tops of the trees in the canopy.
“Our guide Brianna has been doing most of the roaming shifts so far and we have had really good feedback from visitors who appreciate the little extra insights and explanations and the opportunity to ask questions about the things they are seeing at that moment.”
“People can take in any or all of the various talks, depending on their interest. There is also time in between for lunch or a coffee in the cafe before seeing the rest of the exhibits and interactive displays in our interpretive centre,” Mr Arnold said.
The centre showcases the oldest rainforest on the planet in a sustainable and environmentally sensitive manner and works to preserve the fragile eco system through scientific research, revegetation programs and other carbon reduction initiatives.
He added that the Jurassic Forest display, which features life-size animated Australian dinosaurs and megafauna, were hugely popular with most visitors, particularly the families who had visited so far these holidays.
He encouraged locals from across the Tropical North who were interested in a self-drive adventure north of the Daintree River to apply for Douglas Shire’s Douglas Card.
This card entitles bona fide residents free travel on the Daintree Ferry between November 1 and February 28.
Application forms for the Douglas Card are available via the Douglas Shire Council website www.douglas.qld.gov.au or the Douglas Shire office and Mossman and Port Douglas libraries.
For more information on Daintree Discovery Centre visit www.discoverthedaintree.com.