Use the platy-project map to help you choose a strategic location to look for platypuses.
The map is colour-coded by platypus sightings:
- Red and orange: Areas in red and orange show where a platypus hasn’t been recorded since 2000 or earlier. These are the most important places to look, because we want to know if platypus are still there or if those populations have sadly declined.
- Yellow: Areas in yellow show areas with more recent sightings made between 2001 and 2010. These are important to visit too.
- Green: Green represents the areas with the newest sightings, made since 2011 to now.
- Grey: Grey represents areas within the platypus’ distribution where no recordings have been made. Recording a platypus in one of these areas would be really exciting!
Make sure the area is accessible. Look for places that you can get to by a car or just a short walk.
Don’t visit places on private property unless you know the owner and have their permission.