In March 2010, the Project Cassowary team (formed by members from UQ, QPWS, CSIRO, Tully Veterinary Surgery, Cairns Airport Veterinary Surgery) attached GPS dataloggers with VHF transmitters to five cassowaries. The birds were firstly anaethetised and the GPS unit attached around the tibia and fibula of the right leg. The whole process took less than 30 minutes. The units were attached by a canvas cuff with a 6mm neoprene inner sheath, providing a secure attachment with no irritation or harm to the cassowary. The dataloggers will record the location of each bird every 30 minutes and provide vital information into how cassowaries utilise different habitats within their home range.
These cassowaries inhabit the area around Etty Bay Road Conservation Park and Moresbay Range National Park, and were named by local residents. This website will soon feature detailed images of their movement patterns.
Please help us to record cassowary sightings throughout their geographcial range.