Venturing into Ancient Rainforests

Posted: April 5, 2012

Name: Nicole Ginsburg
School: Ramapo College of New Jersey
Major: Environmental Science
Program: Rainforest Studies, Australia

 

A little over a week ago, all of us ventured into the ancient rainforest that is the Daintree. Never before have I been in a forest so magnificent and filled with such archaic species of trees. As we wandered through Mossman Gorge, it literally felt as if we were walking through a prehistoric jungle, and a dinosaur from Jurassic Park was going to jump out at us at any moment. However, the only prehistoric creature we would have seen would have been the cassowary, but unluckily we missed our opportunity for that. I did get to finally see one at the Cairns Zoo later that week, but it wasn’t the same as being able to see one in the wild. The best part about the Daintree had to have been the fan palm forest where it looked like we had been walking through a giant forest of green umbrellas. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of in my entire life. I envy Siggy and Piggy (our professor and her husband) for having such an amazing home smack dab in the middle of the Daintree, permanently surrounded by fan palms everyday!