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Platypuses Return to Sydney's Royal National Park After Disappearing for Decades

Platypuses, which disappeared from the waterways of Sydney's Royal National Park about 50 years ago, have been reintroduced to the park in an effort to ensure their survival. The joint project by the University of New South Wales, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the World Wildlife Fund has initially reintroduced five females to the Hacking River, with males to follow. Separating the sexes initially was considered crucial for the early survival of the species. The platypuses have been relocated from the Bombala and Dalgety regions and have undergone health checks and been fitted with transmitters for monitoring. This reintroduction is seen as an important step in creating a platypus-friendly environment and promoting breeding and population growth.

Photo Credit: Daiga Ellaby

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