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Australian Platypus Conservancy


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Reading 142: Project One

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  • 1. Australian Platypus Conservancy By Kyle Halcomb
  • 2. About the APC
    • We aim to increase the level of platypus research and develop long-term environmental action that will both protect existing platypus populations and revitalize degraded freshwater habitats, thereby encouraging platypus to re-establish in waterways where they have declined or disappeared.
  • 3. About the APC (continued)
    • We link high-quality research with public education and community involvement.
    • We co-operate with other organizations, such as universities, management agencies, veterinarians and conservation groups.
  • 4. Mission
    • Since the inception of the APC, our mission has been to build awareness of the urgent need to care for freshwater habitats on the world's driest continent through our education program for schools, lecture series, publications, specialist conferences and community workshops.
  • 5. Inputs
    • Our projects are supported by a variety of management agencies, philanthropic trusts, corporate sponsors and individuals.
  • 6. Outputs
    • We have a number of current projects, such as:
    • Platypus Care Program
    • Platypus Count Program
    • Platypus in Fire and Floods
    • Reducing the Impact of Fishing on Platypus
  • 7. Process
    • We provide education programs for schools on wildlife conservation.
    • We organize community workshops on the preservation of platypus.
    • We hold specialist conferences.
    • We have a lecture series available for the community education on platypus.
  • 8. Outcomes
    • The acquisition of knowledge about the current status of platypus populations.
    • Established substantive factors that are responsible for the platypus disappearing from certain areas.
    • Explicate what can be done to ensure the long-term conservation of this unique mammal.
  • 9. Goal
    • To increase the amount of information available about the status of platypus populations and their ecological requirements.
  • 10. Need in the Community
    • With Australia being one of the world’s driest continents, preserving it’s freshwater habitats is one of the community’s highest priorities. Fortunately, in trying to protect platypus, the APC also educates people on the importance of preserving these freshwater habitats.
  • 11. How Can I Become Involved?
    • We believe that public support for conservation is best achieved through immediate experience. Many of our research projects provide excellent opportunities for members of the public to contribute to wildlife conservation through hands-on involvement.
  • 12. How does this relate to Critical Thinking?
    • We have to analyze and interpret all the data collected from our various research projects.
    • We must be able to problem solve and find solutions to the numerous threats against our freshwater habitats.
  • 13. How does this relate to Critical Reading?
    • We must be able to illustrate the meaning of many texts on platypus conservation at our community workshops.
    • We have to find examples/ illustrations in our research that the public can easily identify with.
  • 14. How does this relate to Critical Action?
    • With limited funding, we have to be decisive and carefully choose which research projects to begin and continue on with.
    • We must be able to take informed action in order to tackle all the obstacles preventing the revitalization of freshwater habitats.
  • 15. The Thinking Foundation
    • The Thinking Foundation’s mission is to support high quality research on cognitive skills development, creativity, and critical reflection.
    • The APC also values these critical thinking skills and applies them regularly through their research.
  • 16. The Thinking Foundation (continued)
    • If partnered, the Australian Platypus Conservancy and the Thinking Foundation could have a significant impact on education and the development of critical thinking skills in learning institutions around the globe.
  • 17. My Connection
    • Since becoming an advocate for wildlife conservation, the Australian Platypus Conservancy has provided me with an enormous amount of information on how to help protect one of our world’s most unique and endangered animals.