Animal Conservation

ATTY is dedicated to animals

ATTY works with not-for-profit organisations to support animal conservation, including:

Koala

 

             

 

Australia’s iconic Koalas are under serious threat due to tree clearing and global warming. 

We donated a percentage of all sales of Koala and Wallaby prints to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital during the 19-20 summer bushfires in Australia.

Donations were made on our Clients’ behalf, who also received a Koala Adoption Certificate.

www.koalahospital.org.au

 

Platypus

                                    

The duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed platypus is one of the most unusual animals in the world. This semiaquatic, egg-laying mammal is native  to eastern Australia.

ATTY gallery is now donating a percentage of every print sold to the Platypus Conservation Initiative at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, to help reduce the risk of extinction of this unique Australian animal.

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 UNSW’s Centre of Ecosystem Science and look forward to sharing updates from the Platypus Conservation Initiative’s lead researcher, Dr Gilad Bino, and his team.

 

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.