Australia Queensland, Daintree The Oldest Continuously Living Rainforest...The Daintree Rainforest is a tropical rainforest north of Mossman, Queensland, far north of Australia. The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest continuously living rainforest in the world, believed to be over 135 million years old. Beside the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest on the Australian mainland. The Daintree Rainforest is one of the most diverse and beautiful examples of Mother Nature in the Australian rain-forest, and in the world is home to one of the highest populations of primitive flowering plants in the world with different plants, animals, birds, and reptiles concentration that are rare, or threatened with extinction, anywhere in the world.
And all are found within the largest chunk of rainforest in Australia this Daintree Rainforest is truly the most unique. In an area spanning approximately 1200 square kilometers.from the Daintree River 150 kilometres long north to Cooktown and west to the Great Divide, representing the single largest block of tropical rainforest in Australia. There are surviving species of the earliest flowering trees which first appeared over 100 million years ago when dinosaurs ruled the land. 12 families From a total of 19 primitive flowering plant families on Earth are represented in the Daintree region making the highest concentration of these plants worldwide.
The Daintree Rainforest is also the second largest virgin tract of rainforest after the Amazon rainforest in South America. The Daintree region supports species of plants and animals that have existed for millions of years The Daintree Rainforest contains 30% of frog, marsupial and reptile species in Australia, and 65% of Australia’s bat and butterfly species. Approximately 430 ( 20% )species of birds live among the trees, including 13 species that are found nowhere else in the world except in Daintree . There are also over 12000 species of insects, 70 animals and 700 plants are endemic to NE Queensland. All of this diversity is contained within an area that takes up 0.2% of the landmass of Australia. The Daintree Rainforest are integral to the ecosystem not just of the Daintree Rainforest, but of other areas around the world too. The Daintree Rainforest is a unique area, Today the Daintree is one of the last protected areas of rainforest with so much wide diversity. Human interaction is precariously balanced between the advances of development and the environmentalists wanting to preserve the forest’s exceptional qualities. to ensure the safety and success of the Daintree Rainforest for years to come. The Daintree Rainforest was world heritage listed in 1988 and is positioned adjacent to another world heritage area The Great Barrier Reef, making it the only place in the world where two world heritage areas meet. The biggest threat to the rainforest is the human. From deforestation for timber and development to pollution, the world’s rainforests are in danger. The less we disturb the plant and animal life the better, the long and better they live.