• Purchased the 216-hectare property in East Feluga, 8 kilometres west of South Mission Beach.
    • Championed the permanent protection of essential habitat for the endangered southern cassowary and mahogany glider, and the rare and threatened ant plant.
    • Conducted research on the northern most population of the mahogany glider in partnership with the Girringun Rangers and Terrain NRM, and with funding from the Norman Wettenhall Foundation.
    • Completed surveys on the rare ant plant.

    • The Ant Plant East Nature Refuge will remain a haven for cassowaries, mahogany gliders which are both listed in the top 20 threatened species in Australia’s Threatened Species Strategy.
    • Guaranteed the future security of a unique and thriving ecosystem which supports the ant plant and the species of ant and butterfly that depend on it.
    • An amazing plant, the ant plant has a symbiotic relationship with the golden ant (Iridomyrmex cordatus) which lives inside the plant, and provides the plant with important nutrients across its lifecycle.
    • The ant plant is also the only plant the Apollo jewel butterfly lays its eggs on. The larvae of the butterfly are tended to by the ants inside the plant. The larvae excretes honeydew which is consumed by the ants. When the larvae is ready to emerge, it eats its way out of the plant, turns into a butterfly and the cycle begins again. The plant also bears fruits eaten by the Mistletoe Bird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum).

    • Girrungun Rangers
    • Terrain NRM
    • Community volunteers

  • Purchased the 216-hectare property in East Feluga, 8 kilometres west of South Mission Beach.
  • Championed the permanent protection of essential habitat for the endangered southern cassowary and mahogany glider, and the rare and threatened ant plant.
  • Conducted research on the northern most population of the mahogany glider in partnership with the Girringun Rangers and Terrain NRM, and with funding from the Norman Wettenhall Foundation.
  • Completed surveys on the rare ant plant.

  • The Ant Plant East Nature Refuge will remain a haven for cassowaries, mahogany gliders which are both listed in the top 20 threatened species in Australia’s Threatened Species Strategy.
  • Guaranteed the future security of a unique and thriving ecosystem which supports the ant plant and the species of ant and butterfly that depend on it.
  • An amazing plant, the ant plant has a symbiotic relationship with the golden ant (Iridomyrmex cordatus) which lives inside the plant, and provides the plant with important nutrients across its lifecycle.
  • The ant plant is also the only plant the Apollo jewel butterfly lays its eggs on. The larvae of the butterfly are tended to by the ants inside the plant. The larvae excretes honeydew which is consumed by the ants. When the larvae is ready to emerge, it eats its way out of the plant, turns into a butterfly and the cycle begins again. The plant also bears fruits eaten by the Mistletoe Bird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum).

  • Girrungun Rangers
  • Terrain NRM
  • Community volunteers