How You Can Hang Out With a Bunch of Platypuses in Australia
It’s been a rough couple of years for all. We all deserve to go across Australia as soon as the borders are open to enjoy a paddle full of platypuses.
In the beginning of September, researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) together as WWF-Australia, Taronga Zoo, and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, announced plans to return a handful of these animals back to the Royal National Park in Australia. This will be the first time that a platypus is seen within the park for more than 50 years.
“The iconic Australian mammal — famously known for its duck-like bill and egg laying ability — was last recorded in the park in the 1970s, when a devastating chemical spill on the highway washed into park streams and likely wiped out resident platypuses,” the organization said in its statement. “This loss is part of a worrying trend that has seen platypuses decline across much of its traditional range due to habitat destruction, river regulation, predation by invasive species, and an increased frequency and severity of droughts and fires due to climate change.”
The aim of the group the group’s goal, the group’s leader Dr. Gilad Bino, who is in charge of the project at the UNSW’s Centre for Ecosystem Science, says, is to bring 10 platypuses (a mixture of males and females) back to the park by the end of the next year.
“We’ll monitor how they settle in, with the hopes [that] their population will start to grow and reestablish in the area and allow people a place to come and appreciate this unique animal,” Bino said. Bino said they’ll complete this project by putting the animals on an acoustic tag to keep track of their progress and any breeding actions.
Here’s the exciting aspect: When the borders are opened and they’re released it is possible to visit the park to see if you are able to see them as well. However, if you’re looking for the most secure view You can go for the Great Otway National Park in Victoria for a tour on a canoe along Lake Elizabeth. In the park, you can view at, listen to, and even observe the elusive creatures using the Paddle With the Platypus Tour operating company that claims to have an 85% success rate in spotting the platypuse.
If you’re looking to be a little more adventurous, head to the town in the inland region in Finch Hatton in Queensland’s Mackay region, and dress to go on the Rainforest Scuba. The trip gives you the opportunity to observe platypuses and other animals in their natural surroundings and also see turtles and the rainbow of Gordian wormsand three species of freshwater eels and many more.
Do you want to fully take a dive? Take a trip to the old Rathmore farm located in Tasmania’s Central Highlands. The house, first established during the 1890s welcomes guests to relax at the “rustic chic” accommodations and get rowboats and kayaks to take a self-guided trip along the lake to experience and spot as many of the platypuses that they can.
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