A VERY SPECIAL AUSTRALIAN
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 biology and ecology of the species in the section on The Platypus. Information is provided in relation to Distribution, Evolution, Discovery and Naming, Description, Diet, Sensory Systems, Movement, Reproduction and Life History, Venom, and Body Temperature.
Practical advice on helping platypus is given in the section on Conservation. In particular, the APC is working to achieve a national ban on the possession and use of enclosed yabby traps (including opera house nets) to stop the unnecessary deaths of many platypus, rakali and turtles each year; more information on this issue is provided in the PDF Platypus Deaths in Yabby Traps.
The Looking for Platypus section offers suggestions on how to spot platypus (and water rats) in the wild. It also contains information on how to monitor local platypus populations. 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).
Details of platypus sightings can be reported online to the Conservancy’s Platypus Care program by going to Report a Sighting.
The APC also collects records of Australian water rats (rakali) thanks to the support of the Norman Wettenhall Foundation. Please go to Report a Sighting to also submit information concerning this species.
Additional information on platypus and rakali research and conservation issues can be found in copies of Platypus News & Views (formerly titled Ripples) in the APC Newsletter section.
Updates are also given on the Australian Platypus Conservancy (Official) Facebook.
If you require more specific information on platypus, please consult the Reading List.
You can also find basic information about the Australian water rat (rakali), the largest native mammal to share the freshwater habitat of the platypus.
Australian Platypus Conservancy
PO Box 22 Wiseleigh VIC 3885
Tel: (03) 5157 5568