swimming platypus
Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Full article issued by The University of New South Wales (UNSW).

A new study led by UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Ecosystem Science, funded through a UNSW-led ARC project and supported by the Taronga Conservation Society, has for the first time examined the risks of extinction for Australia's iconic platypus.

Published in the international scientific journal Biological Conservation, the study examined the potentially devastating combination of threats to platypus populations, including water resource development, land clearing, climate change and increasingly severe periods of drought.

Lead author Dr Gilad Bino, a researcher at the UNSW Centre for Ecosystem Science, said action must be taken now to prevent the platypus from disappearing from our waterways.

“There is an urgent need to implement national conservation efforts for this unique mammal and other species by increasing monitoring, tracking trends, mitigating threats, and protecting and improving management of freshwater habitats,” Dr Bino said.

The platypus research team is continuing to research the ecology and conservation of this enigmatic animal, collaborating with the Taronga Conservation Society, to ensure its future by providing information for effective policy and management.

Photo credit: 

Swimming platypus. Credit: Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 1.0).