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THE THYLACINE IN CAPTIVITY:
- BENJAMIN: THE LAST KNOWN CAPTIVE THYLACINE -
(HISTORICAL PLATYPUS FILM - HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY, VICTORIA, 1943)
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Among the greatest achievements of naturalist David Fleay was the first ever breeding of the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) in captivity.  His platypusary (platypus enclosure) at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria was designed to simulate the features of the natural habitat (rivers and streams) in which the species lives.  In the first week of November 1943, "Corrie" (a female) was born to the sanctuary's platypus pair, Jack and Jill.  The species was not again successfully bred and reared in captivity until 1998, again at Healesville.  Since then, captive reproduction has been achieved twice more - once again at Healesville, and also at Taronga Zoo (Sydney).

Shown below is historical film footage of Healesville Sanctuary's platypusary in 1943, including an examination of the nesting burrow.

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Film courtesy: David Fleay Trustees.

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