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August is platypus month, an initiative embraced by Wildlife Queensland’s PlatypusWatch Network. Despite almost everyone knowing about the biological curiosity that is the world’s one and only living platypus species, many Queenslanders haven’t seen this elusive egg-laying mammal in the wild.

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Ban opera house traps

Wildlife Queensland has renewed its call for a state-wide ban on the use of enclosed yabby traps (opera house nets) in Queensland.

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Platypus in trap

As South Australia opts to phase out opera house nets from 31 July 2023, Wildlife Queensland calls for our state government to stop stalling and ban these deadly traps before more aquatic mammals suffer.    Since 2009, Wildlife Queensland has pushed for a ban on opera house-style traps and funnel traps in Queensland. In 2014, …

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Platypus in trap

PlatypusWatch Network needs your support to change the legislation/regulation around the use of Opera House Nets in Queensland.

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Ban Opera House Traps

Australia’s Environment Ministers have issued an agreed statement of their intention to pursue a nationally consistent approach to address the negative impacts that ‘opera house’ yabby nets have on Australia’s native wildlife, in particular on platypus.

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Eastern water dragons

Tamielle Brunt and Judith Vink report on an alarming recent find in an area that attracts an abundance of aquatic wildlife.

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