Posted on 13th February 2024 by Media Relations
The world’s largest purpose-built platypus conservation centre is officially open
The world’s largest purpose-built platypus conservation centre is officially open, with guests to Taronga Western Plains Zoo able to see this iconic species at the Zoo for the very first time.
The $12.5 million centre, co-funded by the NSW Government, Taronga Conservation Society Australia and philanthropic donors, combines a research centre, rescue and rehabilitation facilities, and a pre-release area to prepare recovered platypus for release to the wild.
A highlight of the new facility will be a purpose-built platypus habitat, where guests to Taronga Western Plains Zoo will be able to see Mackenzie, an adult male platypus, and learn about this cryptic and elusive species that call the waterways of the Central West and NSW home.
“Shy and enigmatic, platypus are the silent victims of climate change, with their decline largely hidden from public view,” said Taronga Conservation Society Australia CEO Cameron Kerr.
“This new, purpose-built facility will bring together global experts, paving the way to truly understand this cryptic species and ensure our emblem species can not only survive, but thrive in the wild.
“We’re so grateful for the support of the NSW Government, as well as our generous donors, who have enabled this vision to become a reality and for our guests to come eye-to-eye with a platypus and see conservation in action.”
Find out more here.