Travel Buddy Poject



Say hello to two friends from North Queensland!


travel buddies  



This crocodile and rainbow lorikeet will be travelling on our expedition in the Daintree.

They will collect information about mangroves and the other native animals and plants of the Daintree.

When they have returned and their research has been put together both want to head off to visit schools around Australia to tell students about the mangroves of the Daintree.

First – both have no name.

Do you have any suggestions?

Research some information about the Rainbow Lorikeet and the Estuarine Crocodile.

Send any names to my email address – they need to have names!

If you would like them to come and visit your school send me an email. When they are at your school you can tell them all about some animals and plants native to your area.

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Homes and Habitats Prep, Year 1 and Year 4


Where a plant or animal lives is called its habitat. It is where an animal can find food, shelter and enough water for survival. It is where plants have the right amount of sunlight, water and nutrients to grow.

Take a habitat walk around your school grounds. What habitats can you see? Who lives there?

Draw and describe the habitat.

Choose an animal from the Daintree Animal Bingo card. Click here to get the sheet.

Within the Daintree region, these animals need homes. What kind of home would each animal have?

Fill in the chart Habitats and Homes.

Research to fill in any you do not know.


What is a mangrove? Are there any mangroves in your area?

Watch this clip about mangroves throughout the world. (Year 4)   (Year 4, Prep, Year 1)

What kinds of animals live in mangroves?

The mangroves and the reef are interrelated, explain how?

Why are mangroves important ecosystems?

Watch the clip How do mangrove trees live in mud and sea water?!/media/85976/how-do-mangrove-trees-survive-

List the animals you see in the clip.

Complete the table about each animals home. Find the table here. Research any you are unsure about.

What are the needs of animals?

How do mangroves provide these needs?

What are the needs of plants?

How do mangroves satisfy the need for air?

How is the mangrove seed dispersed?

From the video, make a food web and connect the animals and plants you saw to show who eats what.

What would happen if one of these parts of the web disappeared?

Food web


Animal and Plant Adaptations Year 5


Let's have a look at some animal and plant adaptation found in The Daintree.

Watch this clip about mangroves.!/media/85976/how-do-mangrove-trees-survive-

What adaptations have mangroves developed to cope with the environment in which they grow?

How are the mangrove seeds dispersed?

How do mangroves thrive in salt water?

Watch this clip about The Daintree.!/media/1423341/the-daintree-where-rainforest-and-reef-meet

What adaptations have plants or animals of the Daintree developed?

If the Cassowary disappears, what would this mean for the rainforest?

Animal Card Sorts


Copy the Animal Bingo Card.

Cut the squares out to make sorting cards.

Use the Bingo card for a number of games.

* Rainforest Bingo

* Cut the squares out to make animal cards.

* Group the cards according to animal groupings (reptiles, amphibians, mammals)

* Sort the cards according to the home the animal makes (nest, burrow)

* Sort the cards using the observable features of each animal.


Click here to access the Bingo Card.

Click here to access the illustrated Bingo Card.

Pre-expedition Animal Research

Let’s find out about some of the animals that live in the Daintree area. Choose an animal from the list below.

Find out and present

* Name of the animal – Latin name as well if you can find it.

* Picture

* Describe the features of the animal (huge, flightless birds that can grow to 1.8m - Cassowary)

* Homes that the animal makes or uses. (The nest is at the end of a burrow dug out of soil in a riverbank. – Azure Kingfisher)

* Food (feeds at night on the leaves of rainforest trees and some fruits – Daintree River Ringtail Possum)

* Life cycle (Generally 2 eggs are laid, but sometimes 1. – Lesser Sooty Owl)

* anything else of interest (Relies on camouflage to avoid predators. – Boyd’s Forest Dragon)

Google the animal name or try sites that are about the Daintree.

During the expedition we can play a game of Native Animal bingo. When I see one of the following animals I will let you know and we can see if we get a whole line of the bingo card covered.

Estuarine Crocodile            Cassowary            Golden Orb Spider           Rufous Owl          Musky Rat Kangaroo          Feral Pigs          Azure Kingfisher          Ulysses Butterfly

Witchetty Grubs            Spotted Cuscus          Bandicoot          Sugar Glider          Giant Tree Frog         Goanna          Bennetts & Lumboltz Tree Kangaroo          Platypus

Peppermint Stick Insect          Daintree River Ringtail Possum         Buff Breasted Paradise Kingfisher         Lesser Sooty Owl           Boyd’s Forest Dragon

Spotted-Tailed Quoll          Giant White-Tailed Rat          The Amethystine Python

 Click here to access the Bingo Card