ATTY is dedicated to animals
ATTY works with not-for-profit organisations to support animal conservation, including:
Australia’s iconic Koalas are under serious threat due to tree clearing and global warming.
We donated a percentage of all sales of
ATTY has commenced creating a new platypus portrait, which will provide further support to this mysterious and enchanting creature. He just
completed a Penguin which will be released for Christmas 2020, and a Turtle, scheduled for release in early 2021.
We are proud to partner with the
Certificate of Appreciation
The Platypus Conservation Initiative (PCI) aims to reduce the risk of extinction to platypuses by supporting research, improving conservation management, and increasing public awareness. PCI is run by passionate researchers from the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of NSW that have been researching platypuses and engaging with stakeholders and communities across Australia.
Threats to platypuses are widespread and synergistic, including land clearing, bank erosion, sedimentation, urbanization, and river regulation. To evaluate platypus numbers, trends, and condition in relation to impacts of threats and habitat, PCI undertakes intensive surveys of rivers and streams. During surveys, platypuses are examined and tagged, and samples collected to assess the animal’s health, diet, movements, and genetics.
Between 2016-2018, PCI has assessed the impacts of large dams on platypus populations by surveying regulated rivers in NSW and Victoria. Findings have highlighted the impacts of river regulation and the importance of management dams to support downstream freshwater ecosystems including platypuses. PCI is currently working with the federal Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder to support platypuses in the Murry Darling Basin.
During severe drought conditions in 2019, PCI rescued platypuses from Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (ACT) which were temporarily houses at Taronga Zoo. In mid-2020, platypuses were returned to the nature reserve and with miniature trackers that allow monitoring the movements and behaviour of platypuses. Findings will improve our understanding of habitat requirements and better manage resident platypuses.
In 2020, PCI, with support from WWF, surveyed fire impacted rivers in NSW’s mid-coast area. Findings showed that platypuses were impacted by droughts and fires in the areas, also highlighting the critical role refugia, such as deep pools, have for improved resilience. PCI are now working with the local council to increase awareness and improve conservation outcomes in the area.
Our sincere thanks for your valuable support of conservation efforts of a unique and iconic Australian animal.