Australia announces first platypus refuge facility

Australia is building the world's first platypus refuge

Location: Sydney, Australia

The facility will be built at Taronga's Western Plains Zoo by 2022

and have the capacity to house 65 at a time

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TARONGA CONSERVATION SOCIETY AUSTRALIA CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CAMERON KERR, SAYING:"I think the other exciting thing about the platypus refuge is it'll give us a chance to really learn about what sort of environments they like, and what is most likely to encourage them to breed. Breeding of platypus in Australia is something that no one has cracked. We've all had a few successes, but the reality is we don't understand it enough and we need to do a lot of work on it."

Video Transcript

- Yeah. Well, she's still OK for the moment.

- She's beautiful--

- Actually, we're just--

- --just beautiful.

- --exploring the lot.

- She's beautiful. Hello.

[BIRD CALLING]

CAMERON KERR: I think the other exciting thing about the platypus refuge is it'll give us a chance to really learn about what sort of environments they like and what is most likely to encourage them to breed. Breeding of platypus in Australia is something that no one has cracked. We've all had a few successes. But the reality is we don't understand it enough, and we need to do a lot of work on it.

- So under water finding her food, she's got her eyes closed.

- Right.

- She finds body electricity.