ADOPT A PLATYPUS

Platypus are disappearing from our landscapes. You can help bring them back.

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR ANIMAL LOVERS 🎁

Supercharge your impact by selecting an ongoing adoption from as little as $15 per month. With an ongoing adoption you’ll receive regular email updates so you can see the difference your generous support is making.

Monthly donations make it easier to plan for the long-term, helping to keep administration costs down and providing a huge boost to vital conservation work. You’ll always be in control of your giving and can easily contact us should your circumstances change.

Protect our platypus today

Many Australian animals are unusual in their own way. But the platypus is the most unique of them all. They’re mammals that lay eggs and have a bill and flippers, which is an amazing evolutionary feat. But in the last 150 to 200 years, they’ve come under threat.

The changing climate and associated catastrophic bushfires and droughts, new dams, the over-extraction of water from rivers, land clearing, attacks by foxes, dogs, and cats, pollution and urban sprawl present serious threats to platypus.

The platypus is facing a silent extinction. Please take action now to protect them and their habitat.

Symbolically adopting a platypus today can help research and monitor their populations across eastern states and support the implementation and monitoring of a unique rewilding program that reintroduced platypuses back into areas where they once thrived.

Your generosity will be a symbol of your support for conservation and animal advocacy, ensuring our amazing platypus remain in our local ecosystems forever.

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR ANIMAL LOVERS 🎁

Supercharge your impact by selecting an ongoing adoption from as little as $15 per month. With an ongoing adoption you’ll receive regular email updates so you can see the difference your generous support is making.

Monthly donations make it easier to plan for the long-term, helping to keep administration costs down and providing a huge boost to vital conservation work. You’ll always be in control of your giving and can easily contact us should your circumstances change.

Protect our platypus today

Many Australian animals are unusual in their own way. But the platypus is the most unique of them all. They’re mammals that lay eggs and have a bill and flippers, which is an amazing evolutionary feat. But in the last 150 to 200 years, they’ve come under threat.

The changing climate and associated catastrophic bushfires and droughts, new dams, the over-extraction of water from rivers, land clearing, attacks by foxes, dogs, and cats, pollution and urban sprawl present serious threats to platypus.

The platypus is facing a silent extinction. Please take action now to protect them and their habitat.

Symbolically adopting a platypus today can help research and monitor their populations across eastern states and support the implementation and monitoring of a unique rewilding program that reintroduced platypuses back into areas where they once thrived.

Your generosity will be a symbol of your support for conservation and animal advocacy, ensuring our amazing platypus remain in our local ecosystems forever.

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How your donation can help threatened platypus

By adopting a platypus today, you’ll be supporting the return of this unique species to areas they once thrived.
Rob Brewster, Fran Roncolato, and Patrick Giumelli from WWF-Australia release a platypus back into the Royal National Park
Rob Brewster, Fran Roncolato, and Patrick Giumelli from WWF-Australia release a platypus back into the Royal National Park © R Freeman, UNSW

Rewilding the platypus to their natural habitat

Supporting the unique rewilding program the reintroduced the platypuses to Australia’s oldest national park, the Royal National Park, after they had been locally extinct for 50 years.

Burnie, Tasmania, Australia: March 2019: Platypus swimming in the river
Platypus swimming in the river © WWF-Australia / Lukas - stock.adobe.com

Ensuring platypus survival in the wild

By providing sensor cameras to monitor threats and acoustic transmitters to monitor reintroduced platypus, giving the teams a better understanding of potential threats to their survival and how to manage these – all to give the new generation of platypuses in the Royal National Park the best chance of survival.

A duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) swims in a river in northeast Tasmania
A platypus in river habitat Tasmania (1000px) © Kevin - stock.adobe.com

Keep them as a critical part of healthy river ecosystems

Platypuses are river sentinels, acting as an indicator of overall river health. Restoring platypuses to rivers where they once thrived helps identify areas we can support to create healthier river ecosystems

Rob holding a platypus he and Tahneal found during a platypus survey
Rob Brewster holding a platypus found during a platypus survey © WWF-Australia / Rob Brewster

Restoring their numbers and safeguarding their future

Contribute to valuable research that informs future conservation strategies and can help restore platypus populations in other areas where they have become locally extinct.

We can’t protect the platypus without you

When you adopt a platypus, you’ll be joining them on their journey to a safer future. Your special adoption gift pack includes an optional cuddly platypus plush toy, fact book, adoption certificate, Living Planet magazine and WWF sticker. If you sign up to an on-going adoption, you’ll also receive updates on how your generous donations are helping to conserve and protect the platypus and other Aussie wildlife.
Adopt a Platypus pack
Adopt a Platypus pack © WWF-Australia

Give a unique and memorable gift

A platypus adoption is the perfect gift for any animal lover as well as a great way to inspire friends, family and loved ones to care for nature as much as you do. We can send this gift pack to you or directly to your gift recipient. For last-minute gifts, you can print a personalised adoption certificate or email it directly to your gift recipient.

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