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Vocal Animal interviews Doug Gimesy on Platypus & human populations

As well as discussing the danger of opera house yabby nets for Australia's platypuses, Doug Gimesy talks about the impacts of human population on platypus populations.

Doug Gimesy - Victorian Alliance for Platypus-safe yabby traps: Conservation Photographer"

Enclosed opera house yabby nets are notorious for drowning air-breathing mammals, such as the platypus and the rakali (Australia’s otter equivalent!)

On assignment to photograph platypuses, Doug became aware of the issue, helped form the Alliance and swiftly secured a ban. Sounds easy? It’s all about strategy.

Doug talks us through why opera house nets are devastating to platypus populations and shares insights into the Alliance’s winning campaign.

Still more to do! Let’s make the ban national.

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As mentioned in the interview, Professor John Thwaites’ presentation – ‘Selling the Dream’


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