The platypus is one of the most remarkable animals in the world.
Although the species is still officially regarded as common, surprisingly
little is actually known about the size and distribution of platypus
populations in most areas.
A COMMUNITY CONSERVATION PROGRAM
There is an urgent need to map where platypus occur in river systems,
so practical actions can be undertaken to protect small or declining
The Australian Platypus Conservancy, in cooperation with other
organisations, has initiated Platypus Care to collect vital information
about the status of the platypus. For more background about this
project, go to The Platypus Care
If you have ever seen a platypus in the wild (or encountered the
species in some other way, for example by finding a dead platypus),
you can make a valuable contribution to Platypus Care by providing details
of your sighting. To record your observations, please go to Reporting a Platypus Sighting.
Hints on Spotting a Platypus
provides some advice about how best to go about observing the species
in the wild.
Where to Look for a Platypus
describes the geographic range of the platypus in eastern Australia
and the types of aquatic habitats where the animals may be found.
About the Platypus
provides some interesting basic facts about this very unusual species.
For more information about platypus biology and conservation, visit the
Australian Platypus Conservancy main website: www.platypus.asn.au