Endangered Wildlife

Djiru people managing country at Mission Beach

With help from Terrains’ Habitat Incentives Project (HIP), the Djiru people are drafting an integrated natural resource management plan for two big blocks of land, which are home to the endangered cassowary and littoral rainforest, at Mission Beach.

In September 2011, the Djiru people, past and present, were recognised as the Native Title holders of their traditional lands in the Mission Beach area.

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Fire management on track for endangered mahogany glider

2013 looks set to be a promising year for the conservation of endangered mahogany glider habitat with the Wet Tropics’ Terrain NRM hoping to exceed the target that was set for fire management in habitat by the Federal Government’s Caring for Our Country Habitat Incentives Project.

The endangered mahogany glider is only found in a very restricted area, a 110 kilometers narrow band from Ollera Creek (40 kilometers south of Ingham) up to Hull River near Tully, in Far North Queensland. Continue Reading…

One hop away from extinction

The Kroombit Tinker frog, found only in the rainforests south of Gladstone in Central Queensland is in a precarious situation.

These critically endangered frogs are pretty sensitive – they need to live at an altitude of 500 metres above sea level or higher. So the Kroombit Tops National Park and Kroombit Forest Reserve are the last places on earth they exist.

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Wet Tropics endangered species gets an $825k boost

Terrain NRM has been successful in securing $825,000 from the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country initiative for a project to save Mahogany Gliders, Cassowaries and Littoral Rainforest affected by Cyclone Yasi.

The project, Building Resilience for Cassowary, Mahogany Glider and Littoral Rainforest, will increase and improve habitat by supporting on-ground action including revegetation, weed and pig control, fire management and fencing.

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Helping the birds bounce back

After two extreme cyclones crossing the region in the space of five years, Terrain NRM and the Wet Tropics community are very familiar with the need to build resilience in the landscape.  A broad range of land management responses have arisen during recovery efforts however the endangered cassowary has been a feature due to their rapidly declining populations and strong reliance on intact landscapes.

Cyclone Larry in 2006 taught the region about the impact of extreme weather on habitat quality, connectivity and the birds’ change in behaviour.  Significant food shortages for the cassowary along with increased incidents of vehicle strike and dog attack had a large impact on cassowary numbers post-cyclone. Continue Reading…