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Melbourne Water Urban Platypus Program

Funding body: Melbourne Water, Wimmera CMA

Supported by Melbourne Water, cesar has been surveying platypus in Melbourne catchments for over ten years. During surveying, all platypuses that are captured get a thorough health check. They are weighed and measured, and they get an identification chip so we know if they are caught again. They are then quickly released back into the creek. The whole process only takes about 15 minutes. These surveys have helped us evaluate platypus population health and reccommend management solutions for those populations that are under threat.

With support from the Wimmera CMA, we have also conducted long-term regional surveys in the Upper Barwon and Upper Campaspe regions. 

Want to become involved? Check out PlatypusSpot. (Follow PlatypusSpot on Facebook and Twitter for updates and results.) 

For further information or if your region is interested in running a regional platypus surveillance project email Josh Griffiths at


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