Daintree Rainforest Interview

By Sharlyn

Meeting a forest explorer who has recently visited the Daintree Rainforest!

Today I am interviewing Brian Winterson, from Western Australia who has just returned from the Daintree Rainforest. He has generously offered to spend some time with me to answer some questions about the rainforest and share his experience with all of us.

A couple of questions...

Me: Brian, what type of flora and fauna did you find in the Daintree Rainforest?

The Response

Brian: Well, I definitely saw a giant cassowary; I've never been so close to one in the wild. There were a few green tree frogs and Ulysses butterflies. As for flora, I saw many ground orchids in the area I explored.

A Second Question

Me: Was there any evidence of human impact in the Daintree? If yes, what?

Brian's Response

Brian: There was definitely evidence of human impact in the Daintree. This human impact is most likely to be caused by logging, farming, development, mining and tourism, especially. Some tourists who visit the Daintree litter in the natural environment.

Another Querie!

Me: How could humans contribute to help prevent human impact in the Daintree Rainforest?

His Response

Brian: Well, humans could certainly stop logging the trees for a start or they could build houses that adapt to the surrounding environment. If they want to contribute more, then they can either donate to organisations or raise money by starting a fundraiser.

Second Last Question

Me: How does global warming affect the Daintree Rainforest?

Brian's Second last Response

Brian: Well, clouds seem to form higher and this causes them to disappear, leaving the Daintree dehydrated. Also, since there is a lot more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, forests are actually expelling more carbon dioxide than what they take in.

Last but not least!

Me: What are the main tourist attractions in the Daintree Rainforest? How do tourists affect them?

Lucky Last Response

Brian: Well, there are unique icecream flavours like pineapple, almond, wattleseed and idiot fruit that you can taste. In the Daintree Rainforest, there are a variety of tours in which you can explore the tropical world of the Daintree.

Tourists tend to litter on the tours and this causes excessive carbon dioxide and threatened wildlife since the wildlife may mistake the litter for food and consume it, causing them to become sick.


A big thank to Brian for spending his time with us, sharing his experience and knowledge. As you may know, Brian is going to the Amazon Rainforest for his next expedition. Perhaps we will meet him again in the future.