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Published Friday 29 April 2022
Tags:General, Environment

Learn about rakali in online webinar

The platypus is widely recognised as a uniquely Australian animal.

But did you know that the Australian water-rat (also known as rakali) is a genuine native rodent that was a natural part of our environment long before its pest cousins - the black rat and brown rat - arrived with the early colonists.

The water-rat is an extremely attractive mammal. Its thick coat of soft fur, splendid whiskers, blunt muzzle, partly webbed hind feet, and furry tail, all help create a resemblance to a miniature otter.

An online information session will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 24 May with Australian Platypus Conservancy's Geoff Williams, who will be sharing his knowledge of this fascinating animal.

Geoff has been studying platypus and rakali since 1994 and before helping to establish the Conservancy, Geoff was Director of Healesville Sanctuary and Assistant Director of Taronga Zoo.

The talk will outline the biology and key conservation requirements of rakali and include tips on how to go about spotting one in local waterways here in Mitchell.

"Once people learn about rakali they usually become great fans of these animals which can be just as cute, confiding and resourceful as otters," Geoff said.

"We hope that members of the local community will start to look for them and report all reliable sightings – both from the past and present. All reports are eventually entered in the Atlas of Living Australia to help planning of future conservation action by management agencies and environmental groups to help water-rats in the wild."

Rakali has already been recorded at a number of locations throughout Mitchell and it was hoped to see numbers increase as we work to improve environmental conditions.

Register below to book your place at the webinar.

Rakali in the wild

This page was last updated on 3 May 2022.