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Reef Report for Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Local Cairns Wildlife Makes the News
Be sure to visit our tropical rainforests during your visit.

After living in the area for three or for years I am still reminded almost daily of the amazing richness of the region, and itís unique wildlife. For me itís just a matter of looking at the colorful parrots in the trees in the backyard, the fruit bat colony down the street, or the pythons I occasionally encounter while mountain biking.

But even the most sedentary North Queensland resident can get a sense of whatís out there just by opening our local Paper, thee Cairns Post. © Kairi Hotel Lately, with summer fast approaching, wildlife is becoming much more active and noticeable in our parks and backyards.

The stories below are mostly about humans encountering wildlife, often when one species in consuming the other. That happens everywhere, be it Manhattan, Berlin, or your own backyard or balcony. While it all sounds very dangerous, itís mostly about common sense; give any wild animal safe distance, donít disturb it, and it will leave you alone as it goes about itís business.

When you come here do plan to see our local wildlife, its worth an afternoon. There are local zoos and crocodile farms, hikes, day and night tours. Even a walk through the parks around Cairns will reward you with wildlife.

Read and enjoy:

Crocodile in swimming enclosure closes the beach

Snake eats cockatoo

Spider eats snake

Spider eats bird

Snake eats wallaby

Another snake eats a wallaby

Snake eats family pet

Wildlife viewing opportunities:

Our favorite wildlife tour

A map to local wildlife hotspots

Our favorite rainforest day tour.

All sorts of amazing things you can do in the rainforest.

A map to regional places of interest.

(C) DiveTheReef The weekly reef report is written by Joel Groberg of DiveTheReef.com, who compiles them from the many conversations he has with dive staff in the area, as well as† many other local sources in the dive community.

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