Platypuses return to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
UNSW Sydney researchers have started a platypus monitoring study after they returned three of the iconic creatures to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, near Canberra.
Scientists from UNSW, Taronga Conservation Society and Tidbinbilla last week released the platypuses implanted with tracking devices.
The platypuses were among a group which Taronga Zoo temporarily rehomed in late December because their waterways had dried up during extreme drought.
In the months since, rain renewed their ponds, enabling the platypuses to return home. Three more tagged platypuses will be released in coming weeks provided conditions are good.
But researchers fear that more rescue missions will be required in future to save platypus populations from drying rivers because of the threat of climate change.