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Landmark research finds the platypus should be listed as a threatened species

News | 23 November 20
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We love the platypus

With a rubbery duck bill, webbed feet, fur, pectoral girdles and splayed legs resembling the skeleton of a reptile, the platypus is one of Australia’s strangest and most iconic animals.

But platypus numbers are in decline, and this unique creature is now at risk of extinction.

Land clearing, dams, drought and bushfires are destroying critical platypus habitat, leaving them with nowhere to go. To survive, platypuses need safe habitat to call home.

It’s staggering that an animal so central to our national identity isn’t adequately protected.

Some useful reading:

Platypus in decline
Read the summary
A national assessment of the conservation status of the platypus
Read the report

The platypus is quite unusual in that it has the characteristics of bird, mammal and reptile. Here you can see its webbed feet. Photo: Doug Gimesy

Before it's gone

We can’t imagine an Australia without the platypus.

That’s why we’re campaigning to get national protection for the platypus. We're working with experts to nominate it as a nationally recognised threatened species, and pushing for stronger laws to better protect all of Australia’s incredible wildlife.

Speak out for the platypus today:

  • Sign the petition for the platypus to be rapidly assessed for listing as a nationally recognised threatened species.
  • Donate to power our critical work protecting Australia’s threatened wildlife.

Header photo: Doug Gimesy

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New study shows bushfires hit platypus numbers hard

News | 01 December 20
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Assessing the impacts of the 2019/20 bushfires on platypus populations in south eastern Australia

Sign the petition: give the platypus the protection it needs to survive

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A national assessment of the conservation status of the platypus

Landmark research finds the platypus should be listed as a threatened species

News | 23 November 20
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Read more: The plight of the platypus

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