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Platypus Spotting at Warrawong

Thursday, November 25, 2010 9:59am
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We had a nice surprise at Warrawong this week with a sighting of a pair of Platypus, with all the tell tale signs that there had been some mating activity. A general hint of this is chasing activity, bite wounds to the tail and the particular pond they were sighted in generally serves as a preferred mating pond.

This activity is quite unusual given that mating season generally occurs around August/September each year, so a nice surprise for the participants of the Guided Nocturnal Walk.

Believe in or not, the Platypus can move between all 5 ponds within the Sanctuary, so you never know where you may spot them, until you see the distinctive bubbles rising to the surface!

There have also been a flurry of spring births and pouch young at the Sanctuary including Bandicoots, Potoroos, Rufous Bettongs, Tammar Wallabies, so it's been great for participants on the nocturnal walks to see many of the rare and endangered species residing in the Sanctuary that you can't necessarily view during the day.

The nocturnal walks run for around 90 minutes, so take advantage of this fantastic season and book yourself on a Guided Nocturnal Walk (don't forget that Zoo members receive a 30% discount off the cost of a the walks).

 

Steve
Head of Wild Experiences, Zoos SA

Comments

I love Warrawong!!! I went on a nocturnal walk and saw 2 platypus in separate ponds! It was the most amazing experience of my life! You must go there!!!
Posted By: George on Thursday, February 17, 2011 10:11pm
Wish I was there i truely love platypuses the awesome but be careful of males their back claws are poisonous!
Posted By: JOEL on Monday, May 02, 2011 5:25pm

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