Casuarius casuarius johnsonii
Watching Out for our Flightless Friends
Cassowary numbers are declining in the wild for a number of reasons, including habitat loss, vehicle strikes, dog attacks and disease.
Lacking a tongue, Cassowaries toss their food with their beaks, to the back of their throat, swallowing food whole. This makes them great rainforest gardeners as they pass seeds through their digestive system fully intact and plant the seeds in their poo.
To see this species in the wild, we suggest Mission Beach, Queensland
LIFESPAN: Up to 50 years
WEIGHT: Up to 76kg
HEIGHT: Up to 2m
SPEED: Up to 50km/h
1Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation