We have an incredible range of wildlife here in far north Queensland – flora and fauna species that have flourished in our tropical climate for millions of years. We have one of the most diverse range of creatures and plants of any distinct region. We rate very high on the biodiversity scale.
There are some complex evolutionary and environmental reasons for that, which we’ll talk about in a minute. Basically, we are an ideal place for flora and fauna – a tropical environment with plenty of water and food, but not so close to the equator as to make for much more oppressive heat.
Our ABC Far North wildlife correspondent Martin Cohen paints a very detailed picture of our rich biodiversity. He tells me Queensland makes up about one per cent of the earth’s 150 million square kilometres of land. The Wet Tropics World Heritage area of FNQ is just a minute fraction of that one per cent – at just under nine thousand square kilometres. But within that area, most of it rainforest, there is an abundance of plants and animals, some of them going back to the very dawn of time.
What lives in there? Why is life so abundant here? And what does the future hold? Dr Martin Cohen has the answers LISTEN Click on the red arrow to hear Martin explore the biodiversity of our Wet Tropics World Heritage area