Saving our beloved echidnas using genetic tools
Tahlia's project aids echidna conservation and captive breeding. She has helped captive breeding programs in Australia by developing a genetic test to identify the sex of echidnas, as males and females have an identical appearance. This has allowed keepers to know which echidnas to pair, ultimately increasing reproductive success rate. Her aim is to help ensure survival of echidnas in a time where many mammals are in danger of extinction.