Rare footage of endangered possum
Trent was able to record this rare sighting in the video below. [This is quite a large file, but is well worth a look – you may need to stop the video and let it it load before playing right through.]
This amazing little possum shares the role of Victoria’s faunal emblem with the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeater and is the State’s only endemic mammal. Its numbers have declined drastically in recent years, particularly after the Black Saturday fires. Conservationists and wildlife researchers warn that the Leadbeater’s Possum is being pushed towards extinction by the loss of suitable habitat containing large hollow-bearing trees vital for nesting – a situation exacerbated by fire and by logging within its limited range in the Central Highlands. Being unable to glide, the Leadbeater’s Possum needs a dense interwoven understorey to facilitate travel by running, leaping and climbing, as seen in the video.