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A dedicated wildlife sanctuary and residence containing highly biodiverse lowland rainforest habitat

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Michael and Maria Parsons are the owners of a property situated in Whyanbeel, approximately 90km north of Cairns, Queensland. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary and residence containing highly biodiverse lowland rainforest habitat.

Michael and Maria plan to preserve this property for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat and are currently registering the property as a Nature Refuge. They are also establishing a biodiversity research facility on the land, and plan to work with local researchers and universities to carry out ecological research and species surveys. The property will eventually be bequeathed as an inclusion to the Daintree National Park system.

The property spans 65 hectares and is densely vegetated with lowland rainforest contiguous with the Daintree National Park. The northern two-thirds of the block are comprised of highly biodiverse lowland rainforest, with the southern third consisting of mature transitional eucalypt stands interspersed with mixed rainforest species along riparian zones.

The property is home to a wide range of native species including spotted-tailed quolls (Dasyurus maculatus gracilis), musky rat-kangaroos (Hypsiprymnodon moschatus), estuarine crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus), graceful treefrogs (Litoria gracilenta) and marbled frogs (Limnodynastes convexiusculus).

Birdlife is abundant and includes southern cassowaries (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii), Victoria’s riflebirds (Ptiloris victoriae), yellow-billed spoonbills (Platalea flavipes), rainbow bee-eaters (Merops ornatus), forest (Todiramphus macleayii) and sacred (Todiramphus sanctus) kingfishers, grey goshawks (Accipiter novaehollandiae) and orange-footed scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt).

Property Name Michael and Maria's Refuge
Property Size 65 hectares
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Owners Dr Michael and Maria Parsons
Member Since 2022
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