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The Famous Platypusary - Healesville Sanctuary

June 2007.

The Famous Platypusary - Healesville Sanctuary
snowleopard, 23 Jun 2008
    • PAT
      It's breathtaking...
    • snowleopard
      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.
    • redpanda
      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!
    • CGSwans
      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.
    • PAT
      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.
    • Zooish
      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.
    • snowleopard
      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.
    • PAT
      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. :(
    • snowleopard
      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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