The Australian Platypus Conservancy is an independent
organisation dedicated to conserving the platypus and its freshwater habitats.
In particular, the
Conservancy is conducting a wide range of research projects to:
(1) learn more about the current status of platypus
(2) establish what factors are chiefly responsible for
the animals disappearing from certain areas
(3) identify what can be done to ensure the long-term
conservation of this unique mammal.
The Conservancy conducts a wide-range of projects and has won a number of awards
for its contribution to wildlife conservation. Its legal status
is a non-profit environmental charity, with tax deductibility.
Dr Melody Serena, Conservation
Biologist with the APC,
about to release a platypus
back to the wild after a trapping survey.
An important aim of the Conservancy is to increase the
amount of information available about the status of platypus populations
and their ecological requirements. The APC co-operates with management agencies,
local councils, businesses, community groups and private landowners to conduct
platypus surveys and undertake field studies. It also tries to ensure that
its research findings are used to develop practical programs to protect
and strengthen platypus populations.
The Australian Platypus Conservancy is also working
hard to build community awareness of the urgent need to care for freshwater
habitats on the world's driest continent, through lectures and workshops,
special publications and a schools program.
Despite its special scientific status, many important
questions about the platypus remain unanswered. More research is needed
to identify all the factors affecting the survival of the species throughout
Nevertheless, by initiating action now, we can all help
to ensure the future of one of the world's most remarkable mammals.