Who are the locals of the Daintree Rainforest?

The Daintree Rainforest is a diverse and magnificent ecosystem. At an estimated 180 million years old, it is earth’s oldest tropical rainforest; it even survived the Ice Age! The Daintree is a haven of ancient and exotic plants and animals.

It is home to almost 400 rare or threatened species, including a kangaroo that lives in trees (Bennett’s Tree-kangaroo), the world’s largest tree frog (White-lipped Tree Frog) and the big and beautiful Cassowary. It is home to 65% of Australia’s bat and butterfly species, and 30% of Australia’s frogs.

You’ll find some of the world’s largest tropical trees in the Daintree towering at 50 metres tall. And the Daintree itself is huge – a little bit larger than Hong Kong!

Why is the Daintree under threat?

You might be wondering: isn’t the Daintree already protected in a National Park and World Heritage Area?

Unfortunately, more than a thousand lots in the Daintree were sold before the Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area was declared in 1988. Sadly, much of this privately owned land has already been cleared for residential development.

Our best option to save the Daintree from further destruction is to buy back as much privately owned land as possible.

Help Little Locals protect the Daintree

Little Locals have partnered with Rainforest 4 Foundation to protect the Daintree Lowland Rainforest and the unique and endangered species that call this national treasure home.

We are helping to purchase a 10,200m² block of privately owned land in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest, so that it can become part of the Daintree National Park and protected forever.

Families, friends and supporters of Little Locals can help us achieve our goal by donating online. The money raised from fundraising will be used by Rainforest 4 to purchase the block, which will then be transferred to the World Heritage National Park and protected forever.

Learn more about our fundraiser
Why is Little Locals involved?

Little Locals is a proud and passionate advocate of wildlife conservation and living sustainably. Our partnership with Rainforest 4 Foundation is just another step on our journey as an early learning group that embraces a deep respect for the environment in our teaching and care, practices and values.

With this initiative, we are teaching the Little Locals’ children about the world, and why we must care for it. The children will enjoy visits from ecologists and learn about the wild and wonderful plants and animals of the Daintree. We want to ensure a bright future for our own little locals, and for generations to come.

Thank you for supporting us!