Rainforests support an incredible range of plant and wildlife species that contribute significantly to the health of the rainforest ecosystem.

Wildlife such as the Southern Cassowary, the Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo, the Musky Rat-kangaroo, the Rose-crowned Fruit-dove (and many more) rely on the rainforest for habitat, food, and safe passageway – and the rainforest relies on them too. Species interactions contribute significantly to the health of the rainforest ecosystem and its overall resilience.

Rainforests are the most complex terrestrial ecosystems on the planet

This complexity reflects the myriad life forms and multiple layers and habitats that create the structure of the forest.

Rainforests support an incredible range of plant and animal species – 50% in fact – yet Rainforests cover only 6% of the Earth’s surface.

The Daintree Rainforest is home to an incredible array of wildlife including:

  • 30% of Australia’s frog, reptile, and marsupial species
  • 65% of Australia’s bat and butterfly species
  • 18% of all bird species
  • 12,000 insect species

The Daintree region also holds the highest concentration of primitive flowering plant families – with a total of 19 worldwide, 12 are represented in the Daintree.

Disturbance and destruction of the rainforest environment places stress on rainforest ecosystems and undermines the delicate balance. The result is that an increasing number of rainforest plant and wildlife species are being listed as threatened, endangered, or critically endangered. By focussing on biodiversity protection, Rainforest Rescue contributes directly to improved conservation outcomes.

Rainforest Rescue protects and conserves rainforest biodiversity by purchasing high conservation value rainforest properties and protecting them forever by establishing conservation covenants. We also restore and re-establish rainforest, and work with our Conservation Partners and Business Partners to initiate awareness campaigns.

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