Southern Cassowary wandering along the beach 710_7093.jpg
Here is a little bit more of the fascinating Southern Cassowary. This one was wondering freely, as they are allowed to do, on the beach.
Of the 3 known cassowary species, only the Southern Cassowary (or double wattled cassowary) is found in Australia. A keystone species, it is believed there are only approximately 4000 individuals left in the wild, from Airlie Beach, throughout the Daintree Rainforest and into Cape York. Reasons for the cassowary population decline is predominantly related to habitat clearing, dog attacks and being struck by cars on roads. These birds play a pivotal part in rainforest regeneration with their capability for long range seed dispersal.