Solid bronze, hand crafted, 14cm H approx, this is a beautiful presentation of Australia’s iconic Platypus. Hand crafted by Eddie Wentorf and his son David.
The Platypus, sometimes referred to as the duck-billed platypus, is a egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania.
The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it.
It is culturally significant to several Aboriginal peoples of Australia, who also used to hunt the animal for food. Although captive-breeding programs have had only limited success, and the platypus is vulnerable to the effects of pollution, it is not under any immediate threat.
As of 2020, the platypus is legally protected in all States where it occurs, but it is only listed as an endangered species in South Australia. The species is classified as a near threatened species by the IUCN, but a November 2020 report has recommended that it is upgraded to threatened species under the federal EPBC Act, due to habitat destruction and declining numbers in all States.