Area: 8.2 hectares
Location: 50km N of Port Douglas
Traditional Owners: Kuku Yalangi
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For such a small parcel of land, Fan Palm Reserve punches well above its weight.
Rescued from developers in 1993, the reserve's most striking visual feature is its fan palms, from which it draws its name.
Growing up to 15 metres high, the palms form a dense canopy in the mesophyll vine forest that covers Fan Palm Reserve. Elsewhere, much of this forest type has been cleared for farming and it's now uncommon.
Fan Palm is also important as Bush Heritage's only reserve within Queensland's Wet Tropics World Heritage Area – a national biodiversity hotspot that's home to more than half of Australia's bird species and 60% of both our butterfly and bat species.
One of these bird species, the nationally endangered Southern Cassowary, plays a critical role in keeping tropical ecosystems alive through seed dispersal and germination.
All this has been protected thanks to the generosity of our supporters.
What Fan Palm protects
There are good signs that the nationally endangered Southern Cassowary is using the habitat protected by Fan Palm Reserve.
It also protects these significant species and communities:
Animals: Herbert River Ringtail Possum, Green Ringtail Possum, Lemuroid Ringtail Possum, Striped Possum, Bennett's Tree Kangaroo.
Plants: Cleistanthus oblongifolius, Neostrearia fleckeri, Ryparosa javanica
Vegetation communities: Mesophyll vine forest with dominant fan palms (Licuala ramsayi)