World Cassowary Day 2017 Cairns

In partnership with Rainforest Reserves Australia Inc.

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Event history:

WCD has grown from small beginnings at Kuranda in 2014 into a well-recognised event on the conservation ‘must do’ calendar each year.

‘From little things big things grow’

On September 26th 2014 conservation enthusiasts of the Wet Tropics in Far North Queensland gathered at Kuranda to celebrate Cassowaries for the inaugural World Cassowary Day.  Kuranda was chosen to launch World Cassowary Day, as Kuranda is the home of the indigenous Djabugay people, for the Djabugay the Cassowary is their totem since time immemorial. The Cassowary is the symbol of their being, it’s Djabugay’s reason to dance.

‘Let’s dance’

In 2015 with the generous support of various government and NGO organisations, our major media partner ABC radio Far North and the Guardian newspapers ‘First Dog on the Moon’, World Cassowary Day 2015 at Mission Beach was a huge success.

For the first time, accommodation houses reported being at capacity as thousands came to learn about the threatened species of the Wet Tropics under the umbrella of the keystone species the Cassowary. Key note speakers at the 2015 event included wildlife warrior Bob Irwin and the Federal Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews. Both said, they were amazed at the genuine passion Far North Queensland communities had for the conservation of their wildlife and the environment.

As an outcome of the event and many months work in the lead up, the Cassowary and the Mahogany Glider were placed on the Federal governments Threatened Species Priority 20/20 list.

2016 saw WCD move north of the Daintree River to the James Cook University environmental science faculty at Cape Tribulation. Again the event was well supported and attended, a highlight was the many presentations given by scientists, researchers and environmentalists in the lecture hall.

Australia’s Daintree rainforest is amongst the oldest rainforest on Earth and the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest remaining in Australia. The wide variety of habitats make the Daintree one of the most complex rainforest ecosystems on Earth, and one of the most ancient. Unusual species such as Bennett’s Tree-kangaroo, and the Southern Cassowary are found here, as well as a number of extremely ancient plant families found nowhere else on Earth.

In 2017 the event is moving to the foreshore of Cairns at Fogarty Park on Sunday 24th September. Find out more about World Cassowary Day 2017 here.


With so much of the Cassowary’s natural habitat being lost due to urban expansion, Cassowaries can become displaced and often find themselves on our doorsteps on the lookout for food or just moving through one area to another.

Please when in Cassowary country do not feed them!

To report a Cassowary incident or sighting please contact the hotline;

Key to Cassowary conservation is you, you can help by assisting us, to increase the natural habitat, reduce road fatalities, having responsible dog owners which removes dogs as a threat.

No matter how big or small, your support is all we need!

Come along to WCD, meet some great people, learn about what you can do to help the environment today.

To ensure the Cassowaries existence for future generations, come along and join in the celebrations and learn what you can do to help protect and ensure this birds survival. The Southern Cassowary is a keystone species, so if we get it right for this bird, we get it right for a lot of other species that live alongside the Cassowary in the forests of the Wet Tropics.