What endangered animals live in the Daintree Rainforest?

The Daintree Rainforest is one of Queensland’s most cherished sites, a wonderland covered with lush greenery and unique fauna. The entire rainforest makes up of 0.1% of the entire country but contains some of the largest quantity of animals. With 35% of Australia’s frog population, 20% of bird species, and a whopping 65% of bat and butterfly. All up, the area is the most biologically diverse rainforest on the entire planet. And within the swarms of species, like the rare and unique animals that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. These endangered animals roam the skies, branches, and bushes of the Daintree, so read our list to find out how you can see these creatures on your journey into the rainforest.

  • Musky-Rat Kangaroo

    This marsupial is found in the damp and lower areas of Daintree Rainforest. As the name suggests the animal’s appearance is a bit of an odd mix, a cross between a rat and a kangaroo. Although this doesn’t sound very appealing, it actually is a very cute creature, with soft brown fur covering its small body. Feeding on fruits and insects, the animal roams around the rainforest floor and nests in a small pile of fern and dried up old leaves. It actually is quite a unique marsupial as its hind feet have five toes instead of the typical four.

  • Northern Quoll

    This animal once covered a large portion of the country, with the population dropping a catastrophic amount until they are now only found in the higher regions of Australia. This was all due to the introduction of the Cane Toad, which admits a poison to animals who try to eat them. As the Northern Quolls are unfamiliar with the risks of these animals, the rapid expansion of the cane toad’s population has resulted in the swift decline. So, seeing them in the wild is quite a rare occurrence. They are medium to small size marsupials, similar to a possum. Their brown fur is spotted with white dots, usually found roaming the bushes and ground for unsuspecting prey.

  • Southern Cassowary

    Direct descendants to the ancient dinosaurs, the Southern Cassowary has a similar appearance to a giant prehistoric turkey. With two long scaly legs, and a round feathered black body, its splash of colour comes from the bird’s neck and head, with striking blues and reds contrasting beautifully with the rainforest’s green background. As well as the stunning colour, one of the most interesting features of the Cassowary is their large protruding horn jutting from its forehead. What makes this endangered species so tragic is that it isn’t just the bird that relies on the landscape to survive, but vice versa. They act as walking farmers and fertiliser combo, swallowing seeds whole, travelling long distances, and then excreting the seeds to grow throughout the land.

  • Waterfall frog

    This endangered frog ranges from being a dull brown to a light olive colour, speckled with dark brown spots, with their belly being a pale cream colour. As the name suggests, they are usually found nearby waterfalls, hanging out in fast-flowing streams, or nearby on boulders or trees. The frogs are a nocturnal species, usually engaging in eating, mating, and other activities when dusk sets. Their population began to decline in the 1990s, with majority of the uplands completely absent of them nowadays.

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