Daintree River and Tropical Rainforest, Australia
Above photo shows the mouth of the Daintree River in the Cape Tribulation region of Queensland in northern Australia. The river drains a rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest (see photos below).
The Daintree Rainforest contains 30% of frog, marsupial and reptile species in Australia, and 65% of Australia's bat and butterfly species. 20% of bird species in the country can be found in this area. All of this diversity is contained within an area that takes up 0.2% of the landmass of Australia. The Daintree Rainforest's addition to the Unesco World Heritage List in 1988 in recognition of its universal natural values highlighted the rainforest. The Daintree is an outstanding example of the major stages in the earth's evolutionary history, an example of significant ongoing ecological and biological processes, and an example of superlative natural phenomena. It contains important and significant habitats for conservation of biological diversity. The Daintree Rainforest is over one hundred and thirty-five million years old – the oldest in the world. Approximately 430 species of birds live among the trees, including 13 species that are found nowhere else in the world.