The platypus is one of the world’s most remarkable animals. The Australian Platypus Conservancy is working hard to unlock some of the key scientific mysteries which still surround the species. In particular, the Conservancy is conducting a wide range of research projects, conservation programs and environmental education initiatives.
You can learn more about the platypus in the sections on Biology, Ecology and Behaviour, Evolution and Names, and Distribution and Numbers. Various questions about platypus are answered in Some FAQs, including “What’s the plural of platypus?”.
Details of platypus sightings can be reported online to the Conservancy by going to Report a Sighting. You can also get involved in keeping track of your local platypus population through the APC’s Australian Platypus Monitoring Network (APMN).
The section on Conservation Issues outlines some of the threats facing platypus while Platypus Management Guidelines suggests some of the actions that can be taken to improve platypus habitat and help ensure the long-term survival of this unique mammal.
The Looking for Platypus section offers suggestions on how to spot platypus (and water-rats) in the wild. Information on how to monitor local platypus populations, including the pros and cons of the various main methods, can be found in Platypus Survey and Monitoring. Technical advice (for researchers with relevant permits) regarding how best to set fyke-netting survey nets, and how to handle and release a platypus after it’s captured, is provided in Platypus Fyke-Netting Guidelines (PDF).
Often described as Australia’s version of the otter, the Australian water-rat (rakali) is the largest native mammal to share the freshwater habitat of the platypus. The APC also collects records of Australian water-rats (rakali). Please go to Report a Sighting to submit information concerning this attractive species.
Additional information on platypus and rakali research and conservation issues can be found in copies of Platypus News & Views in the APC Newsletter section.
Updates are also given on the Australian Platypus Conservancy (Official) Facebook.
Australian Platypus Conservancy
PO Box 22 Wiseleigh VIC 3885
Tel: (03) 5157 5568