The Platypus is the iconic state animal of NSW and emblem of Taronga Zoo but remains a secretive and elusive creature. They are vulnerable in the wild as a result of habitat loss, pollution of waterways with plastics, predation by feral animals and bycatch (accidental capture) in fishing nets and yabby traps.
For Platypus, for the next 10 years
Taronga is committed to supporting research into alternative yabby traps to reduce the accidental capture and death of Platypus, and Platypus breeding programs. Additionally, Taronga have developed education programs designed to empower school kids to become advocates for Platypus by raising awareness and helping their families and communities to change their attitudes and behaviours towards their local environment, to help protect Platypus.