The Cassowary lives in Far North Queensland rainforests and is the 3rd largest flightless bird in the world. Descended directly from the dinosaurs about 80 million years ago and receiving its name from Papua New Guinea ‘Kasu’ meaning horned and ‘weri’ meaning head. This endangered species has less than 1,000 left in the wild and plays a vital role in dispersing seeds in its droppings and supporting the vital echo systems of the rainforests. Numbers have dropped due to human inhabitants, dogs, wild pigs, cyclones and vehicle strikes.

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