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Australia builds world’s first Platypus sanctuary

Date: 04 March 2021 Tags: Biodiversity
  • Australian conservationists have unveiled plans to build the world's first refuge for the platypus, to promote breeding and rehabilitation as the duck-billed mammal faces extinction due to climate change.
  • Concerns about the platypus going extinct have been heightened since once-in-a-generation wildfires devastated 12.6 million hectares of bush in late 2019 and early 2020.
  • Scientists estimate nearly three billion animals died in what is termed the country's "black summer". A government inquiry found bushfires would likely occur more often because of warming temperatures.
  • Unlike other famous Australian animals such as the koala or kangaroo, the beaver-like platypus is rarely seen in the wild due to its reclusive nature and highly specific habitat needs.