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Lot 22 Camelot Close, Cape Tribultion 

Lot 22 Camelot Close (RP 733182) is a 2.12 hectare property that was purchased and protected by Rainforest Rescue in April 2007 and named the kulki anga Nature Reserve and named the kulki anga Nature Reserve which means 'Cape Tribulation home for wildlife'.

Location

Lot 22 Camelot Close is located just a few minutes from Cape Tribulation. 

The property is covered in lowland tropical rainforest and has the Tribulation Creek running through it. Located within a Cairns Regional Council ‘rainforest residential precinct’ the property could have been developed for housing at any time. It is now declared as a Nature Refuge through an Act of the Qld Parliament.

Conservation values

Under the Qld Government's Regional Ecosystem Mapping Scheme, areas of vegetation on this property are classified as ‘Of Concern’ and ‘Endangered’.

The high conservation value of the property has been confirmed by very large list of plants recorded in a survey of the property. There are 24 species of ferns and an amazing 185 species of flowering plants (trees and shrubs). 

The largest tree found so far is an ancient strangler fig measuring over 11m circumference at chest height. An impressive specimen of Hope's cycad (Lepidozamia hopei) stands at 6m in height. Alexandra palms (Archontophoenix alexandrae) dominate the canopy near the creek and the rainforest has many large buttressed trees and some impressive lianes (large woody vines). A very large matchbox bean vine (Entada Rheedi) and several small-leafed fire vines (Tetracera nordtiana) are also present.

An active orange-footed scrub fowl (Megapodius reinwardt) mound is located in the middle of the block and evidence of striped possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata) foraging has been noted on several trees. The general area is classified as 'essential habitat' for the endangered southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) and the rare Bennett’s tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus bennettianus).

The purchase and protection of Lot 22 Camelot Close not only saves this precious rainforest, it also prevents further developmental impact. Settlement brings with it a host of threats - clearing of rainforest, introduction of domestic predators (cats and dogs), increased traffic and road kills, greater demand for services, and introduction of weed species - all of which contribute to the degradation of the rainforest and impact upon wildlife. 

The purchase and protection of this property was made possible with generous donations from Rainforest Rescue supporters.


 

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