Sunday, December 26, 2004

Ornithorincus or Duck-Billed Platypus: not here, anyway

Ever wanted to see a live Duck-Billed Platypus (Ornithorincus anatinus, from the family Ornithorhynchidae)?

Well, time to pack for Australia, then - there's little chance of seeing a live specimen elsewhere. They are simply not available in zoos in America or Europe, I guess because they are so difficult to keep alive and well in captivity.

By far, your best chances are at the Taronga Zoo in Sidney and at the Healesville Sanctuary in Melbourne, Victoria.


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