Unraveling the secrets of the Echidna: Peggy Rismiller
Peggy Rismiller made it her calling to slowly unravel the mysteries of the world’s oldest species of mammal – the echidna. In the late 80s she joined the team at the Pelican Lagoon Research and Wildlife Centre on Kangaroo Island and since then her work has earned her international recognition. On this episode she shares some amazing facts about these fascinating animals that we still know so little about. She also talks about the effects of the raging 2019 bushfires on the island and its echidna population. This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).
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This extremely rare image of a Kangaroo Island dunnart was captured on a DSLR camera trap system that took seven nights to achieve – adjusting focus, lighting and camera positions to target the animal’s regular movements.