Concealed among the lush vegetation are some of Australia’s rarest species of wildlife. One third of Australia’s 315 mammal species call the Daintree Rainforest, including the Mossman Gorge, home. Thirteen of these species cannot be found anywhere else in the world including unique green possums, ringtail possums, fierce marsupial cats, rare bats, and tree kangaroos and the rare antechinus. On an odd occasion you may even be lucky enough to spot one of these special animals.
The trees in the Gorge also play host to the “Boyd Forest Dragon”. Often seen basking in the sun, this quiet creature is a chameleon and can change its colour to blend in. The forest dragon will remain still if approached in attempt to remain undetected.
The endangered spotted-tail quolls which inhabit the rainforest are another rare and unique sight to behold. The cat sized animals are reddy-brown with white spots and have long slender tails. The animal is one of Australia's few carnivorous animals and has a distinct piercing scream when threatened.
Over 430 different species have been spotted through the years by birdwatchers at the Gorge including the Australian Pelican, Little Pied Cormorant, Great Egret and the Endangered Southern Cassowary.
The wildlife doesn’t stop there. The region is home to a quarter of Australia’s frog population, a little over a third of the country’s freshwater fish and one of the largest butterfly colonies in existence. With all this and more, a trip to the Gorge offers an experience like no other in the world.
Some more wildlife species to look out for include:
Mossman Gorge and the surrounding Daintree region make for a truly breathtaking and unique experience. The forest meets the reef in spectacular fashion bringing together not only the flora and fauna of forest, but also all the wildlife the reef has to offer. It is the only place in the world where visitors can witness two heritage listed sites existing side by side in perfect harmony.