We are investigating threats facing Platypus and developing practical management strategies that can be implement to protect wild populations and improve ecosystem health.
This project will gain a better understanding of platypus conservation status, determine its primary threats and recommend changes in land management and irrigation. We will:
- Gather and collate all available data on the distribution of the platypus to increase our understanding of factors impacting on conservation status of the Platypus nationally;
- Improve understanding of the impact of water extraction on platypus health and distribution;
- Combine these findings with climate models to project future habitable areas of Australia;
- Recommend methods to avoid or ameliorate threatening impacts of agricultural practices on platypus populations and ecosystem health;
- Incorporate into zoo educational material and campaigns to increase awareness and implement legislation protecting platypuses. Preliminary work has been undertaken.
Taronga: Dr Rebecca Spindler, Dr Karrie Rose
UNSW: Prof. Richard Kingsford, Prof. Bill Sherwin
Conservation: Australian Platypus Conservancy