Platypus milked for venom for the first time


The Australian Reptile Park’s general manager Tim Faulkner has, for the first time, successfully milked a platypus for its venom, which will now be used by researchers to determine whether or not it could have health benefits.

Top 10: 2017’s most amazing Australian animal science stories


This year, many of Australia’s best animal science stories had a focus on restoring Australia’s biodiversity – the vast web of living organisms that keep our air, soil and water healthy. Biodiversity affects our economic development as well as our health and wellbeing. We offer you ten stories from 2017 that provide hope that sustained efforts can help.

Gallery: Saving our platypuses


Research on platypus numbers and distribution is being stepped up as science tries new ways to document this elusive Australian species. Photography by Doug Gimesy.