Cassowaries: Denizens Of a Real Lost World

A haunting, primitive bird, cassowaries are distant relatives of emus and ostriches. These primeval creatures, with their black hair-like feathers, bony head crest, and ominous colorful leathery faces, evoke an almost dinosaurian image that hearkens back to its distant relatives from the Mesozoic. It is a denizen of its own lost world, the ancient rainforests of Northern Australia and New Guinea.

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The cassowary is every bit the heir of the likes of a velociraptor, whose frightening imagery is only alluded to in its inaccurate appearance in blockbuster movies. Much like its forebears, it is a formidable fighter, bearing sharp claws built to disembowel. And despite being as flightless as its larger relatives, it is surprisingly adept at jumping and swimming. People are encouraged to keep their distance from a cassowary when traveling through its habitat and with good reason.

Although dangerous, the cassowary is far from predatory. An omnivore, it prefers fruit and nuts to flesh. Its ire is usually directed at rivals and predatory creatures that go after their young.

Sadly, even this is not enough to combat the danger posed by habitat loss through deforestation. The ancient forest cover that served as the home for it and other primeval denizens is rapidly shrinking, and the cassowary itself is listed as vulnerable.

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To this end, Gregory Lindae and other like-minded individuals have thus made contributions toward the protection of Australia’s remaining rainforests and its unique assortment of wildlife. Mr. Lindae is the co-owner of the Bunda Bunderra Wildlife Nature Reserve in the state of Queensland, dedicated to promoting the conservation of cassowaries and their primeval home.

For more updates on Mr. Lindae and his other activities, visit this website.