"A lack of long-term platypus monitoring means that as land-clearing and
regulation of rivers has altered their habitat, any decline could be going
Australian coastal cities have grown relatively rapidly and in places such as
Brisbane, platypus habitats of creek banks and waterways are now surrounded by
“Historically there [are] articles describing platypus as being quite prolific
in some waterways [in greater Brisbane],” says Brunt.
“The fact that in a 10 or 20-year timeframe they’ve gone out of some of these
systems and that we’re seeing things only get worse with urbanisation and
climate change – with all these impacts getting worse, it’s a glum future for
Once gone from these suburban waterways, Brunt says it’s unlikely platypus
could find their way back in."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics