Special FNAC meeting featuring the PLATYPUS

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00

Geoff Williams of the Australian Platypus Conservancy will present an update on the platypus' status, biology and behaviour that is relevant to our region.




The platypus is one of the world's most amazing animals.  This furry, warm-blooded mammal lays soft-shelled eggs like a lizard, uses its bill to navigate underwater, and sorts out arguments with the help of venomous spurs.  The platypus is also among the most popular of Australia's animal icons - a great flagship species for freshwater conservation.  But what about the platypus's own environmental needs?  How is the species faring in the wild?  And what needs to be done to ensure that populations survive in our local rivers and creeks?


Geoff Williams from the Australian Platypus Conservancy to share his knowledge of the amazing platypus at [INSERT VENUE] on Thursday 2 May starting at 7.00pm.  Geoff will highlight the features that make the platypus so special, explain its conservation needs and how to go about helping these animals. He’ll then give some hints on how to spot platypus in the wild and also talk about opportunities for becoming involved in the Australian Platypus Monitoring Network (APMN) – an exciting new ‘citizen science’ project to help track how the species is faring across its entire range.


Geoff Williams has been studying platypus since 1994 when he helped found the Australian Platypus Conservancy, an organisation dedicated to researching the conservation needs of the platypus and the Australian water-rat/rakali.  Prior to his work with the APC, Geoff was Director of Healesville Sanctuary for five years from 1988 to 1993 and, before moving to Victoria, was Assistant Director of Sydney's Taronga Zoo from 1985 to 1988. Geoff has presented numerous public talks on platypus at venues throughout Australia, including the National Museum in Canberra and the Melbourne Museum (on behalf of Australian Geographic).      



For further information contact:


Australian Platypus Conservancy:

Geoff Williams  03 5157 5568   Email: platypus.apc@westnet.com.au


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