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Rainforest Revelations – Cooper Creek Wilderness

Rainforest Revelations by Cooper Creek Wilderness is a running weblog of Daintree Rainforest news, including fauna and flora observations and photography, from the human inhabitants in the middle of the oldest rainforest in the world.

On the 9th December 1988, almost nine thousand square kilometres of tropical North Queensland, between Townsville and Cooktown, was inscribed onto the prestigious World Heritage List. In an unprecedented act, the Australian Federal Government compulsorily included some strategically important rainforest on privately-held lands, enabling a very restricted World Heritage human inhabitancy.

Reporting details of experiences acquired in this field, against the legislative and administrative provisions Australia has adopted for the application of the World Heritage Convention, is obligatory.  Rainforest Revelations allows for public reporting with the passage of time.  After quarter of a century within the World Heritage estate, the running report is driven more by the requirements of the rainforest, as it is expressed through its human inhabitants, than the objectivity of earlier reporting.  No two years are ever alike.  The variations of weather, rainfall, cyclones, droughts all play their part in the infinite expressions of the oldest rainforest in the world. 

Rainforest Revelations

The inscription of human inhabitants into Australia’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Area has provide the oldest surviving rainforest in the world with a human voice.  There are many aspects of rainforest health that resonate with exuberance and vitality, whilst other aspects are screaming for intervention.  Coming to terms with the complexity of this rainforest is an ongoing obsession, but every now and again, insight of the most profound importance reveals a major thread of connectivity and interdependence   The articles in this blog provide insight into an ancient and secretive rainforest through the technological window of the web.  We hope you find some value in their perusal and encourage commentary as it promotes discussion.

1105, 2015

Northern Jewelled Spider (Gasteracantha fornicata)

By |May 11th, 2015|Categories: Fauna, Spiders|Tags: |0 Comments

I recently chanced upon a curious flourescence out the corner of my eye, beneath the movement of a small black invertebrate. Upon closer inspection, I was delighted to see the Northern Jewelled or Spiny Spider […]

905, 2015

Evolutionary Attraction?

By |May 9th, 2015|Categories: Flora|Tags: , |0 Comments

What evolutionary attraction would lead fungi to produce light?  According to the Wet Tropics Management Authority, no one knows why they bioluminescence, but across an incredible evolutionary history, and in circumstances of such consistent windlessness, fungi appears to […]

905, 2015

Daintree Tree Frogs

By |May 9th, 2015|Categories: Fauna, Frogs|Tags: |0 Comments

Daintree Tree Frogs have become synonymous with environmentalism. Their beauty, diversity and susceptability to environmental stresses, have elevated their importance to a level of almost universal appeal.

Every now and then we are advised that certain […]

705, 2015

Daintree cultural heritage at risk

By |May 7th, 2015|Categories: Values, World Heritage|0 Comments

Daintree cultural heritage at risk around this blue-coloured pool (depicted above as it was 1995), within a World Heritage treasure of exceptional beauty situated in a sharp curve of Cooper Creek at the base of […]

705, 2015

Secret World of Spiders

By |May 7th, 2015|Categories: Spiders|Tags: |0 Comments

As a newcomer to the rainforest you will see a great many trees of incredible diversity, but you will be hard pressed to see the intricate and secretive wildlife.   You really need to go with […]

405, 2015

Breakfast with the Boyd’s

By |May 4th, 2015|Categories: Insects, Reptiles|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Boyd’s Forest Dragon (Hypsilurus boydii), resplendent in his camouflaged coating and ornate headdress, had a fortuitous visit this morning.  A Giant Tropical Mantid (Hierodula majuscula) made the mistake of walking into sight of the ever-vigilant dragon and swiftly became breakfast.

Boyd”s Forest […]