In partnership with the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), Wildlife Queensland’s PlatypusWatch is asking wildlife watchers and members of the public to head down to their local creek or river this September to try to spot a platypus and record what they see.
Because platypuses (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) are shy and secretive, we still have surprising gaps in our understanding of where they live. This makes it harder for scientists and conservationists to advocate for their protection — even as habitat destruction, bushfires, drought and pollution drive down platypus numbers.
You can help fill these gaps by looking for platypuses in a Queensland waterway near you this September as part of the ACF platy-project month of action.
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