The Daintree Rainforest is among the oldest rainforests on Earth and the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest remaining in Australia. Encompassing striking landscape diversity, Daintree National Park holds mountain ranges, fast flowing streams and waterfalls, deep gorges and dense rainforest that in some places runs straight down to the sea. The Daintree’s complex evolutionary history, flora and fauna are widely acknowledged, and this irreplaceable rainforest is a focal point for conservation efforts within the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage site. Although the majority of the Daintree rainforest is now formally protected, encroaching housing development around the park’s borders threatens to fragment forests and disrupt wildlife through road building efforts and the introduction of exotic plants.
To expand the Daintree National Park for unique species such as Bennett’s Tree-kangaroo and the Southern Cassowary, Rainforest Trust Australia has so far this year purchased 20.24 acres of strategic properties and is in the process of transferring them to the Queensland government. Securing these properties helps reduce the risk of habitat fragmentation and consolidates protected areas within the Daintree.
Thank you to the support of our generous friends around the world who contributed to this project. Every gift was matched through the SAVES Challenge.
If you would like to help protect this ancient and iconic rainforest, please visit our project page for more information.