Invasive Species - Feral Pigs
The feral pigs are blamed for a lot of environmental problems in the rainforest. The large pigs thrash through the rainforest with brute strength, eating large quantities of native trees and animals. They spread the root-rot fungus with their hoofs, and contribute to the spread of exotic seeds and worms.
Endangered Species - Southern Cassowary
The southern cassowary also known as double-wattled cassowary, Australian cassowary or two-wattled cassowary, is a large flightless black bird. It lives in northern Australia, New Guinea, and the surrounding islands. There are only a little above 2500 left in the world and the number is declining in most areas. The main reason for their decline is habitat destruction. Their land is being cleared for reasons such as farming and urban development.
One of the most popular animals in the Daintree Rainforest is the Spotted Cuscus. The cuscus is very similar to a sloth - and has about the same vigor and energy too. It is a very shy nocturnal mammal that sleeps most of the day perched on a tree branch.
Another animal that thrives in the rainforest is the Goanna. They have the ability to travel from tree to tree, across the ground, or swimming across creeks. This allows them to easily hunt down prey and avoid predators.
A third animal in the Daintree Rainforest is the Giant Tree Frog. They have sticky fingers that allow them to stay up in the trees of the rainforest, away from danger.
The Blue Quandong plant grows bitter edible fruit. The animals in the rainforest feed on the fruits, thus helping to better the ecosystem.
The Burrawang Palm is a member of the Cycad family, this palm produces highly toxic seeds.
Fan Palm Trees
The Fan Palms provide a lot of shade and protection from the sun and its heat. This is the reason many different types of animals and other plants can survive in the rainforest.
The Wait-a-While Plant grows thin, pointy shoots that surprisingly are edible for some animals. They are very dangerous though and animals must be very careful around the plant.
Tree Hollows are very abundant in the rainforest and they provide a number of species of animals with protections from predators and other dangers they may encounter.