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Published on: Philanthropy

Rewilding Platypus in the Royal National Park

The cherished and enigmatic webbed-foot platypus has made a comeback in the Royal National Park for the first time in nearly half a century in an ambitious re-wilding program.

The translocation program is a collaborative project between the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Taronga Conservation Society Australia, UNSW Sydney and WWF-Australia and aims to re-establish a self-sustaining and genetically diverse platypus population. In May, five female platypuses were released into the park and will be followed by four males in coming weeks once the females have successfully established territory.

The Ottomin Foundation is a long-time financial supporter of the Taronga Conservation Society’s platypus conservation program and we congratulate these organisations on this rewilding project in the Royal National Park as they not only work to protect the platypus species but act to actually restore what’s been lost.