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QLD: Gecko Lodge - Sharon Donnelly

 

Sharon Donnelly is the owner of Gecko Lodge, a property located in Kuranda, approximately 25km northwest of Cairns, Queensland. The property is a residence as well as a wildlife rehabilitation centre and sanctuary. Sharon wishes to preserve the existing habitat and native species whilst eliminating weeds and feral animals from the property. The property is also a member of Land for Wildlife.

 

Gecko Lodge borders Barron Gorge National Park and covers 1.64 hectares. The property features a permanent creek and forms part of a wildlife corridor connecting to Jum Rum Creek and the Barron River. The property is situated in the Wet Tropics and features some areas of pristine rainforest. Gecko Lodge consists of variable tropical rainforest with secondary successional forest complex largely dominated by regrowth acacia species.

 

Wildlife species found on the property include agile wallabies (Macropus agilis), red-legged pademelons (Thylogale stigmatica), musky rat-kangaroos (Hypsiprymnodon moschatus), northern brown bandicoots (Isoodon macrourus), coppery brushtail (Trichosurus johnstonii) and green ringtail (Pseudochirops archeri) possums, striped possums (Dactylopsila trivirgata), giant white-tailed rats (Uromys caudimaculatus) and spectacled flying foxes (Pteropus conspicillatus). The sanctuary also features insects such as Ulysses butterflies (Papilio ulysses), Cairns birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion) and red lacewing (Cethosia biblis) butterflies and Hercules moths (Coscinocera hercules). The sanctuary is also a significant habitat for a wide range of frog species.

 

A large variety of birds are also present on the property including orange-footed scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt), brush turkeys (Alectura lathami), king (Coturnix chinensis) and brown (Coturnix ypsilophora) quails, grey goshawks (Accipiter novaehollandiae), Eurasian sparrow hawks (Accipiter nisus), pale-vented bush hens (Amaurornis moluccana), bush stone-curlews (Burhinus grallarius), topknot pigeons (Lopholaimus antarcticus), wompoo (Ptilinopus magnificus) and superb (Ptilinopus superbus) fruit doves, emerald ground doves (Chalcophaps indica), rainbow (Trichoglossus moluccanus) and scaly breasted (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus) lorikeets, double-eyed fig parrots (Cyclopsitta diophthalma), barking owls (Ninox connivens), Australian owlet nightjars (Aegotheles cristatus), azure (Alcedo azurea) and little (Alcedo pusilla) kingfishers, rainbow bee-eaters (Merops ornatus), helmeted friarbirds (Philemon buceroides), regent (Anthochaera phrygia) and Lewin's (Meliphaga lewinii) honeyeaters, olive-backed sunbirds (Nectarinia jugularis), black butcherbirds (Cracticus quoyi) and spotted catbirds (Ailuroedus melanotis).

 

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