Cassowaries in Far North Queensland*:
The Southern Cassowary, which is found in Far North Queensland is listed as endangered under both Queensland and Commonwealth legislation. There are an estimated 4,000 cassowaries left in Australia.
Aside from being an icon of tourism in Far North Queensland, cassowaries also play an integral part in the maintenance of the rainforest ecosystem. Cassowaries eat up to 150 different fruits; and an estimated 70 to 100 plant species depend almost entirely on the cassowary for seed dispersal. A cassowary makes it’s own “mini-compost pile” which helps enrich the rainforest via the distribution of spreading seeds via it’s waste.
* Read more about Cassowaries at Rainforest Rescue