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Echidna Care Inc.

November 2014: Dr Peggy has released 2 new books, I have been fascinated with both and highly recommend the activities book for schools.

You can email Dr Peggy directly to get your copies at: [email protected]¬†

You can download the latest Puggle post here it’s 6MB

November 2014.  Dr Peggys friend on Kangaroo Island has made a small but fun range of Echidna items for us to sell. All money goes to Echidna care! All hand made and only limited qtys!

Check these ut at our stall’s (see news section) or our online shop. Limited stock’s

Dr. Peggy Rismiller OAM
Anatomical Sciences, University of Adelaide, South Australia
Pelican Lagoon Research & Wildlife Centre, Penneshaw, SA 5222
e-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Peggy Rismiller is an environmental physiologist and educator who studies the interactions of living organisms and environmental cues. Peggy has lived, studied and worked on three continents with birds, reptiles and mammals. In 1988 she made Kangaroo Island her home. Since then she has been following individual echidnas in a wild population through their life history from egg to adult. Her specialty areas include echidna and goanna life histories and wildlife rescue. Peggy has particular interest in environmental physiology, circadian rhythms, body temperature regulation and reproductive physiology. She spends her days documenting, writing, consulting, sharing and providing biological facts to the greater community.

Peggy is affiliated with the University of Adelaide, a Visiting Lecturer at the Hannover School of Veterinary Science, Germany and supervises Graduate Students and volunteers from around the world. She is a consultant for echidna captive breeding programs at a number of international zoos. Each year Peggy conducts workshops for wildlife rescue and rehab groups around Australia as well as international popular and scientific presentations. Her hobbies include silver smithing and herbal medicine.

Dr Peggy Rismiller echidna release

Dr Peggy Rismiller releases an echidna

Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

The short-beaked echidna is a monotreme, an egg-laying mammal. It inhabits a variety of ecosystems in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Echidnas have disappeared from many parts of their natural range. The spines of the echidna are modified hairs. As such they are periodically shed and replaced like human hair. The lustre of the spines comes from the natural oils in the skin. With the purchase of echidna spine earrings (available in the Online Shop) you are supporting conservation education and research. To keep your echidna spines (earrings) ‘alive’, gently rub them between your fingers occasionally.

Echidna Care Inc. is a nation wide, community based support group which:

  • conducts education programs
  • helps people trying to rehabilitate injured echidnas
  • supports field research into the life history of wild echidnas.

Echidna Care Membership:
Membership fees for Echidna Care is for 12 months period. There are several membership categories:

  • Standard Individual .. $15
  • Student/Pensioner¬† … $10
  • Group membership … $25
  • Overseas ……………… $A25

Please send your fee and donation to:
Echidna Care Inc.
Post Office Penneshaw
Kangaroo Island 5222 Australia

All Echidna Care membership fees and donations are used to purchase field research equipment for Dr. Peggy Rismiller’s echidna research on Kangaroo island and for community education program.

Echidna Care Newsletter:
The Puggle Post is a newsletter prepared by Echidna Care. You can find out what is happening in schools and education days; where echidna workshops are being held; updates on field research and visiting scientists; notes from echidna watchers around the country and more echidna bits and pieces. Subscription to The Puggle Post is included with Echidna Care Membership. Past issues of Puggle post can be downloaded from the website.


Pick echidnas up under their shoulders. NEVER use a shovel as you can easily damage their feet and nose. Use a car mat to help get them off the road. See the Roadkill project for more tips.

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