The colourful but endangered southern Cassowary is one of the most recognisable icons of the Wet Tropics region.

Cassowaries are most often found in rainforest but also use woodlands, melaleuca swamps, mangroves and even beaches as food sources and as connecting habitat. Cassowaries are considered a 'keystone' species for their role in dispersing rainforest seeds and maintaining biodiversity.

Current estimates fear fewer than 1000 birds are left in the Australian wild.

Council supports the Save the Cassowary national campaign to raise public awareness of the plight of this endangered species. To find out how you can help the endangered Southern Cassowary:

Last updated: 16 January 2018