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The Famous Platypusary - Healesville Sanctuary

The Famous Platypusary - Healesville Sanctuary
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Old 24-06-2008

June 2007.
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It's breathtaking...
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Love it or hate it? It's a tough call for many people as it is one of the more bizarre-looking exhibits in the zoo world. If one looks beyond the weird "golden arches" then it is actually a great platypus enclosure.
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It's breathtaking...
It's ridiculous...

A good enclosure for platypus it may be, but the exhibit has been totally ruined by whoever decided to turn the thing into a giant baseball cap!
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Old 14-12-2009

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It's ridiculous...

A good enclosure for platypus it may be, but the exhibit has been totally ruined by whoever decided to turn the thing into a giant baseball cap!
It's the shiny marble things set into it that get me. They look like the things you use to weigh down a flower vase.
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IMO all of the modern architecture is set off brilliantley by the live plants inside to create the perfect balance. I don't mind a beautiful natural exhibit but exhibits like this that can create something out of the ordinary but still be a great home for it's inhabitants that really catch my fancy.
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Old 14-12-2009

It is a wonderful-looking structure, just not in a wildlife park though. I get the impression that the designers were not confident that the animals, plants and landscape would be attractive enough and decided to compensate for them by building an eye-catching shelter. IMHO it takes away too much attention from the animals / natural surroundings.
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Old 14-12-2009

Does anyone know the cost and age of this exhibit? I know that it is not very old, having been built perhaps 6 years ago.
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Old 15-12-2009

On one website it said that $600,000 was donated by BHP to implement a waterways initiative at Healesville and the platypusary was part of that. That's the best I could find I'm sorry.
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Old 17-12-2009

It seems my "love it or hate it" description was appropriate, as this exhibit has divided ZooChatters on this forum. There are two platypus exhibits at Healesville, and the second one is a more traditional enclosure that is found indoors.
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I've heard from many ZooChatters (as well as my wife who recently visited Healesville) that it is extremely difficult to spot a platypus in this bizarrely-designed enclosure. The dark, indoor exhibit(s) for platypus are far superior in terms of activity on the part of the inhabitant.
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Old 03-11-2012

Is the McArch gone or simply renovated into oblivion? What's the scoop on the latest alteration to this exhibit? I thought that the enclosure was not very old to begin with, and thus it is unusual to hear of it being given a makeover.
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Pat posted a photo of how it looks now in this thread: Healesville Sanctuary - Inside the Platypus breeding station
 


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