Australia’s most iconic rainforest species is threatened by extinction.

February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

For anyone un familiar with the southern Cassowary native to the remaining Australian rainforest, it is a huge bird that looks like something in between a giant turkey and an ostrich. Due to loss of habit caused by deforestation, estimates place the number of Cassowary’s remaining in the wild at less than 1000. This dangerously low number is justification enough to raise the alarm about the treat of extinction. However, recently Cyclone Yasi has hit Australia, leaving their rainforest devastated and further threatening the survival of this magnificent bird. The last Cyclone to hit wiped out a third of the population.  It would be a great shame to watch this iconic symbol of Australia’s rainforest go extinct, so perhaps you will consider adding you support to Rainforest Rescue’s Cyclone Yasi Cassowary Appeal.

Rainforest Rescue is on the frontline in protecting Australian rainforest and are highly focused on preserving this unique biodiversity.

Cassowary (Female)

A female Cassowary

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