Exclusive member only bonus benefits are available to you for being a Skyrail Rainforest Foundation member. You can find these on our website. To take advantage of these great offers, simply show your card and save at the participating companies and attractions.  Family and friends can also receive these personal member benefits, and contribute to tropical rainforest research and education, by becoming individual members. Member benefits and package partners are reviewed annually and are subject to change.  Find out more  

The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation offers funding to support student research that enhances the protection of tropical rainforests through better understanding and sustainable practices.  Each year research students will be able to access up to $5,000 for PhD and masters projects and up to $2,000 for honours projects.  Funding guidelines for PHD, Masters and Honours projects are released by the Foundation annually. The theme for funding differs every year and is decided on by the Public Fund Management Committee.  The committee will be meeting early in 2017 to discuss the theme for this year's round of funding.  Stay tuned and visit the Skyrail Foundation Website for more information. 

Students who received prior funding have been busy compiling their reports, completing study progress and final reports for the committee to review.

Check out some of the amazing research conducted by recent funding applicants

Deborah Apgaua - James Cook University 
In an earlier research project (2014) supported by the Skyrail Foundation entitled Functional Traits and Water Transport Strategies in Lowland Tropical Rainforest Trees, we used a multidisciplinary approach to examine how eight different rainforest trees exhibit different strategies for transporting water. Although trees constitute a large part of the diversity in rainforests, other plant lifeforms such lianas and vines are also important ecological components of the tropical rainforest environment. 

Photo credit: Misha Rowell

Misha Rowell - James Cook University
Animals need to be able to cope with environmental change to survive. In my study, I found that differences in environmental quality affects the anxiety of the fawn-footed melomys (Melomys cervinipes), and how it learns and remembers its surroundings. This will affect foraging and navigation, and ultimately its survival.

The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation is pleased to announce another successful year of funding to support student research that enhances the protection of tropical rainforests through better understanding and sustainable practices. To see the full project reports, please check out the latest news story on the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation section of the Skyrail Blog

Covering some 900,000 hectares, it would be fair to assume that North Queensland's Wet Tropics Rainforest is immense. This is reinforced when you fly into Cairns (the closest major international airport to the Wet Tropics) and the descent greets you with the glistening aqua-marine waters of the Great Barrier Reef on one side of the aircraft and a thick carpet of tropical rainforest saturating the landscape and stretching as far as the eye can see on the other. 
Read the full story and learn more Australian Rainforest Facts

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway together with Cairns Regional Council  and the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation  held Tropical Tree Day  in support of Planet Ark Environmental Foundation  at Cattana Wetlands. More than 200 people from the Cairns community helped us plant more than 500 native trees! Tree planters also enjoyed a sausage sizzle, face painting and a glitter artist, with free information and activities provided by Skyrail, Treeforce, Biosecurity Queensland and Cairns Regional Council. The Coffee Can  was also there with their sustainable cups! Read the full event wrap up by Adventure Mumma on the Skyrail Blog 

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The Foundation has received many generous donations since its inception, including those from visitors to Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland. Donations are vital to ensure the Foundation can continue to support important rainforest research and education projects. All donations are tax deductible and go towards the protection of tropical rainforests worldwide. Find out more


Photo Credit: Wet Tropics Management Authority

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