Help save the endangered echidna

Scientists from the University of Adelaide are hoping Australians can help save the echidna using a smartphone app. 

6 September 2017
Echidna CSI App Screenshot

The Echidna Conservation Science Initiative (EchidnaCSI) is a citizen science initiative that allows people who are passionate about nature to be involved in conservation. Researchers from the University of Adelaide are asking the Australian people to help collect data from all over the country to be analysed.

If you are lucky enough to come across an echidna in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale you can now whip out your phone and use the app to take a photo. The app will then pin point your GPS location and send the details back to the researchers in Adelaide.

Download the app from the App Store or Google Play and start recording your echidna sightings today.

Here are some fun facts about echidnas

  • The spines of echidnas are just really thick hairs, they’re made out of keratin, which is the same as what our hair and fingernails are made of.
  • The echidna and their cousin the platypus are the world’s oldest mammals – they are almost 200 million years old!
  • A baby echidna is called a puggle!
  • More fun facts

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