Daintree Rainforest

by Jessica Bron

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Daintree rainforest is found north east coast of Queensland near Cairns. A tropical rainforest is found near the equator.This unique, beautiful rainforest has a river called the Daintree river that runs through Daintree rainforest. It is named after Richard Daintree he was a geologist which mean a study of rocks.there are 4 layers of a rainforest they include emergent, canopy, understorey, and forest floor.


People of the Daintree:

The Aboriginal group called Kuku Yalanji are the original people of the Daintree. The Aboriginal people looked after the Daintree rainforest for many years. then setters came for them to live they cut many trees down and the animals became endangered liked the Southern Cassowary.


Flora:

Flora means all types of plants. There are 700 plant species including fungi, mosses, conifer, palms, ferns, cycads. Conifers: Bull Kauris the largest in the world. It measures 41.5 metres in height and the other measures 44.2 metres in width.

Palms: Fan palms thrives in damp seasons and love muddy flooded areas. They can grow 6 metres tall and 4 metres wide.

Wait a while palm: Is a climbing palm it has sharp hooks. The palm stores it water.

Fauna:

Fauna means all types of animals. there are 5 types of animals they are Mammals, Bird, Amphibians, Reptiles and Freshwater fish.


Mammals: Any animal which feed their own milk.

Tree kangaroos are shy small mammals that hide in trees.

they are only 60cm tall, their tail is 1m long.

Bats are an important role in the rainforest by spreading seeds and some eat on fruit and nectar.

Tropical bettong looks like a mouse. It is a rare nocturnal mammal with a body length between 300-380mm and a tail length of 290-360mm. An adult weighs between 1-1.5kg. They feed on fungi and spends most of their time on the ground.


Birds: Any animal that have 2 legs, 2 wings, and feathers.


Cassowary This is an endangered bird it has a very coloured head and neck. The height is 1.52 cm. This bird, like the bat is responsible for spreading the seeds of many trees.

Reptile: Any crawling animal such as a lizard, snake, turtle or alligator.

Snakes: The amethystine python is the largest of the Australian pythons, and it lives in the Daintree. On average it will grow to about 7m in length. They eat warm blooded animals which they kill by suffocation. Other snakes that live in the Daintree include the death adder and the taipan. These are venomous snakes.

Crocodiles: Australian crocodiles are the most aggressive crocodiles in the world. They can grow to 5m in length. Males can weigh around 70kg while females weigh 40kg. Crocodiles lay eggs.

Geckos: The northern leaf-tailed gecko lives in the Daintree. This lizard can only be found in Australia. The weight is between 10-30g. It has rough skin and spiky scales its length is 10-30cm. Their favourite food are spiders.

Lizards: The Daintree is also the home of a lizard which is thought to have originated from Southeast Asia and New Guinea. The Boyd's forest dragon can grow to 50 cm in length. Their diet includes ants, beetles, crickets, cockroaches, spiders, grasshoppers earthworms, slugs and possibly fruit. It has curved spikes that form a line down its back.


Amphibians: An amphibian is a cold blooded animal that spends part of its life on land and part in the water.

Frogs: The common green tree frog likes to live in moist, dark places. This frog eats insects like moths, flies and crickets and grow to about 9 cm.


Freshwater Fish: An animal with fins and scales that lives and breathes under water.

The rainbow fish is a colourful fish that is also found in New Guinea. It is a tropical-climate fish that lives in fresh water.



Threats to the environment: There are many threats to the Daintree these include: logging, animal lost wild pigs and dogs. The Aboriginal people were killed by the Europeans for the wood and gold because of this the Daintree is getting smaller and smaller. Since then the animals have become endangered for example the Southern Cassowary. A large amount of the Daintree has been destroyed by major companies.

Possible solutions: If people learn about the Daintree rainforest they will stop cutting down the trees and taking wildlife out of the rainforest.


Interesting Facts on the Daintree:


  1. It is the oldest rainforest in world.
  2. The trees are over 3000 years old.
  3. The Daintree rainforest has remained unchanged for over 100 million years.
  4. The land covers 12,000 square kilometres of land.
  5. There are 455 different species of birds in the Daintree rainforest.
  6. Of the 19 primitive flowering plant families in the world, 13 can be found in the Daintree region.
  7. Thirty per cent of the country's frog, marsupial and reptile species, 65 per cent of its bat and butterfly species and 20 per cent of its bird species are found only in this area.
8. The Daintree is Australia's second largest tract of virgin rainforest.


Conclusion: There are so many things to do at the Daintree rainforest like seeing the animal, plants, bush walking, learning about the cultures of the people. I wish I can see it in person and learn about it from the people first hand. I hope you liked my presentation.


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