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Emily Rush
Emily Rush
Piccaninny PlainsBrooklynMount Zero-TaravaleBowraPungalina-Seven EmuCurramore
Field Ecologist
Special skills / qualifications
BAppSc (Hons) – Seasonal changes in male echidna reproduction in relation to body temperature and leptin secretion.
What did you do before AWC?
Prior to AWC I was at university working a number of jobs from bar tending to tutoring and also as an animal attendant at the universities Native Wildlife Research and Teaching Facility. Throughout UNI I volunteered with marine turtle research and various other research projects. When I finished my Honours year I began volunteering with AWC during fauna surveys and then I never left!
Favourite animal protected by AWC
Arafura file snake.
Favourite place on an AWC sanctuary
So far anywhere on Pungalina Seven - Emu, but I look forward to exploring more sanctuaries.
Top three animals you would like to see (or have seen) in the wild
I want to see everything! But if I have to choose, orcas, whale sharks and leatherback turtles are pretty special.
If you could visit any three places on the planet
Galapagos Islands, Madagascar, anywhere in Africa.
Other interesting stuff
Echidnas are the rebels of the animal kingdom and don’t tend to follow many ‘typical’ mammalian patterns. For instance in regions where echidnas hibernate they don’t appear to do so in response to the cold or lack of resources instead they hibernate from late summer to autumn and then wake up to feed and breed during the colder, less productive months of winter.