As it was with data collection from January 2020, one of the 12 camera traps revealed a technical fault and yet February captured 126-cassowaries, 184-feral pigs and 3-dingoes in total. Both cassowary and feral pig sightings were comparatively up for the month, whilst dingo numbers were down. January revealed 118-cassowaries, 166-feral pigs and 8-dingoes.
One of the male cassowaries, whose brood was originally four, but had reduced to one, failed to be photographed across the month with any evidence of the chick’s survival. Another male, whose brood had reduced from four to two, revealed the same number of chicks, as confirmed by the data from the last month’s collection.
Daintree Rainforest Foundation Ltd., has resolved to do what ever it can to help strengthen the cassowary population, for their vital importance to oldest surviving rainforest in the world. It is incredible that this keystone species, Federally declared with an Endangered Species status and inscribed within what has been formally ranked as the second-most irreplaceable World Heritage property currently included on the World Heritage-list, suffers from the pestilent proliferation of so many feral pigs. As our human potential to assist is limited by funding, we hereby invite donations under our Australian Charities and Not-for-profit registration.