- Researchers found a decline in platypus population and habitats
- The declines may continue in the future because of persistent threats to the species
- They recommend officially listing platypuses as “vulnerable” to protect them
Scientists have recommended listing platypuses as a “threatened species” after learning that their population and habitats are shrinking.
Platypuses, iconic for their duck-like bill and strange cuteness, are facing an increasing number of threats, such as extreme droughts, climate change, and land clearing.
The species was included in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List as “lower risk/least concern” in 1996. By 2016, however, platypuses were considered “near threatened,” a new report on the conservation status of platypuses notes.
Under Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, platypuses are listed as endangered in South Australia.
To determine the state of platypuses, a team of scientists collected all the available data from