How can you stop extinction of the leadbeater's possum?
Like many Australian animals, Leadbeater's Possum is endangered because of habitat loss. Leadbeater's possum is found in Victoria, and is the faunal emblem of that state. The possums nest in the hollows of old trees, preferably those in excess of 150-200 years in age, but drought and the increased number of bushfires in recent years in Victoria has reduced the numbers of such available trees. Further, many of the remaining trees that are suitable are in Victoria's prime timber production area.
Therefore, the best chances to prevent extinction of this relatively rare creature involve the reestablishment and protection of native forests with enough old trees to support the possum's habitat needs. These forests would need to have extra protection from the threat of bushfires, via better proactive bushfire management, such as the use of more firebreaks, controlled backburning and clearing of dry undergrowth.
There is a volunteer group called Friends of Leadbeater's Possum which works with rangers in Victoria's national and state forests to put up nestboxes in the possums' habitat to provide homes if there is a shortage of hollows in old trees.
Leadbeaters Possum is found in Victoria, in Australia's south. It is the state faunal emblem. It is found in mountain ash forests in the central highlands of Victoria, north-east of Melbourne. The Leadbeaters possum nests in the hollows of old trees, preferably those in excess of 150-200 years in age.
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The Leadbeaters possum is found only in Victoria, Australia. It lives almost exclusively in the central highlands of the state, within the tall ash forests above an elevation of 700m. They inhabit hollows in Mountain Ash, Alpine Ash and Shining Gum trees which are usually in excess of 150 years old.
The Leadbeater's Possum is the state faunal emblem of Victoria because it was thought to be extinct but was re-discovered in the Central Highlands of Victoria in 1961. It is the only mammal species that is endemic to Victoria - which means that it is the only mammal found in the state of Victoria alone and no other state in Australia or anywhere else in the world.
The Leadbeater's Possum is protected under state and federal Acts. In the state of Victoria it is classified as threatened under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee (FFG) Act 1988. The Action Statement outlining conservation & management issues for Leadbeater's Possum prepared under the FFG Act was first published in 2005, but remains in draft format in 2010. In Australia it is classified as endangered under the Environment Protection & Biodiversty Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999.
When the February bushfires swept through the Central Highlands, millions of native animals were killed. Ten of Australia's most threatened species were hit, including Victoria's faunal emblem, the Leadbeater's possum. The tiny marsupial is now on the brink of extinction and an urgent recovery program is underway... Kate Arnott reports. So yeah, it is still alive but near extinction.
Madeleine is a Texas cowgirl with a horse named travis which she rides everyday to go hunting for POSSUM! She eats way to many possum and produces a lot of gas! (watch out for her possum gas) she likes to go fishing for fish too! She eats more possum than a hungry possum eating bear! Gosh darn that's lots of possum. Stop eating possum Madeleine!
There are no accurate figures for the population of the Leadbeaters possum, as they are elusive creatures which have a habit of changing their nesting spots. However, it is estimated that there are less than 1000 adult specimens remaining. The remaining Leadbeater's possums inhabit areas which are bushfire-prone, and the population suffered significantly in the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
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Leabeater's possum is a particularly vulnerable marsupial because it has such specialised needs. If more people understood these needs, it could help to preserve the species. The Leadbeater's Possum is not extinct, but it is classified as threatened under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 of Australia. After the devastating Black Friday bushfires of 1939, it was actually believed to be extinct, and was only rediscovered in 1961. Like many Australian animals, Leadbeater's Possum…
Leadbeater's Possum is classified as threatened under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 of Australia. After the devastating Black Friday bushfires of 1939, it was actually believed to be extinct, and was only rediscovered in 1961. Like many Australian animals, Leadbeater's Possum is endangered because of habitat loss. Leadbeater's possum is found in Victoria, and is the faunal emblem of that state. The possums nest in the hollows of old trees, preferably those in…
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