Significance to humans

The platypus was hunted in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries for its soft fur, which (due to the thickness of the skin) was mainly used to make slippers, blankets, and rugs. Today, the animals have no direct economic value apart from their role in attracting tourists to Australia. People living in Australia generally regard the species with great interest and affection. Hence, the platypus also has an important role to play in encouraging landholders and the general community to protect freshwater environments.

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