Australia is known worldwide for our amazing natural landscape as well as flora and fauna that specifically identifies our country as being unique in so many ways.
Our Landscape gems – The Great Barrier Reef
The amazing Great Barrier Reef is known as the largest coral reef system in the world. It is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms, supporting a wide diversity of life, which is why it was selected as a World Heritage site in 1981.
The Daintree – Australia’s iconic gem
Adjoining the Great Barrier Reef is our very own largest and most ancient rainforest; The Daintree.
Tucked into vibrant and ever so popular far North Queensland, The Daintree is arguably the largest, most biodiverse environment on the planet. A landscape with striking diversity, continually evolving and growing, living and breathing for 180 million years, in comparison to Amazon at 55 million years.
It covers an area of approximately 12,000 square kilometers and stretches from Townsville to Cooktown. 75% of The Daintree is tropical rainforest, which is equivalent to about the size of Sydney.
The Daintree is known and recognised as one of the most significant regional ecosystems in the world, with international conservation significance.
Teeming with life
Australia is home to plant species found nowhere else in the world like Eucalyptus, Wattles and Wildflowers to name but a few.
Housing animal life that is diverse and one of the many reasons tourists from all over the globe are attracted.
From furry and cute kind; our Koalas and Kangaroos, to the interesting and different families of cassowaries and bats.
Finally there are those that are slightly scary but certainly not less popular such as sharks, crocodiles right through to our famous spiders and insects.
The Daintree species
The Daintree is home to thousands of species of birds and other wildlife. Including:
30% of Australia’s frog population reptile and marsupial species and
65% of the country’s bats and butterfly species
This natural wonder houses:
- 12,000 insect species
- 3,000 plant species from over 210 families
- 2,880 wildlife species
Saving The Daintree
Over time and due to various influencing factors this amazing ecosystem is now endangered and under threat of being severely degraded, suffering from climate change and deforestation leading to fragmentation, displacement of wildlife and susceptibility to invasive weeds.
This rainforest habitat needs our help and the race to save The Daintree has begun.
‘The Daintree Rainforest … a worldwide treasure that needs to be protected at all costs.’
*Sir David Attenborough
Rainforest Rescue a non-for-profit organisation has taken on this task. Dedicated to restoring and protecting rainforests, working hard to purchase high conservation value vulnerable rainforest and restore it back to lush rainforest habitat, while protecting the land forever. This means the return and restoration of wildlife and other crucial species that call Daintree home.
However they can’t do it on their own! Ambius has proudly supported Rainforest Rescue since 2006
Ambius Australia has proudly supported Rainforest Rescue since 2006 in a joint quest to restore and protect The Daintree, making sure this biodiverse ecosystem is there for future generations to experience.
With our support and business alike, restoring and protecting The Daintree one lot at a time, over the years some big leaps have been achieved.
- 322,517 rainforest trees planted
- 36 properties rescued
- 1,588,777 square meters of rainforest rescued
- 17,700 hours spent restoring
- 282,699 seedlings grown
Getting involved and being a part of this amazing story
Daintree vision 2040 – is to buy back all remaining threatened rainforest properties in The Daintree! We can all play a part in achieving this goal, however big or small our contribution.
Rainforest Rescue provides various ways in which everyone can take part and support;
- Individual contribution shows the care in protecting precious rainforests and rare species of wildlife.
- Businesses can support via taking part in the rainforest business program in a variety of ways
- Schools can choose to inspire and support students through education about the importance of rainforests
- Volunteers can help with Rainforest Guardianship, matching your interests, skills and experience with Rainforest Rescue needs.
Find out more and see how you can make a difference!