LEADBEATER’S POSSUM AWARENESS WEEK ~ 31st March ~ 6th April 2014

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LEADBEATER’S POSSUM AWARENESS WEEK

31st March ~ 6th April 2014

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The endangered Leadbeater’s Possum also known as the Fairy Possum, is an Australian threatened species. These tiny marsupials are only found in the central highland old growth mountain ash forests of Victoria, Australia. The Leadbeater’s Possum was rediscovered in Australia on the 3rd April 1961, after 50 years of being presumed extinct. Their population dropped below 1000 since the disastrous Black Saturday Bushfires in 2009 swept through their only known bushland habitat, around MarysvilleNarbethong and Healesville. Logging in these areas is also another threat to the future of the Leadbeater’s Possum.

Leadbeater’s Possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) species was named after John Leadbeater the then taxidermist at the Museum of Victoria. In 1968, the State of Victoria made Leadbeater’s possum its faunal emblem.

Act Wild for Leadbeater’s Possums YouTube video: Dan Harley a Threatened Species Biologist from www.ActWild.org.au expalins the unique endangered Leadbeater’s Possum aka the Forest Fairy, and shows how fast, agile, and super-cute they are…

The Leadbeater’s Possum was adopted as the State of Victoria’s faunal emblem, and has been featured on several Australian stamps. See the 1981 & 1996 (& 2009 Reprint) stamp issues.

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Leadbeater’s Possum featured on the 1996 Australian 5 cent stamp threatened species series

LEADBEATER’S POSSUM iN THE NEWS:

Richard Di Natale on the threat to Victoria’s Leadbeater’s Possums YouTube video: (Published on the 20th November 2012) Senator Di Natale an Australian politician and member of the Victorian Greens speaks to Parliament of deep concerns regarding the future of the Leadbeater’s Possum, and the Victorian Government’s environmental regulation that is not working. He also explains how this species is on a trajectory to rapid extinction, requesting safeguarding of our natural heritage for the long term, rather than coming second to the short-term benefits of rapid development and exploitation. See more at www.GreensMps.org.au/leadbeaters & Senator Richard Di Natale Facebook Page

Leadbeater’s Possum artworks by award winning wildlife artist Liz Cogley: You can HELP the Leadbeater’s Possums by purchasing one or 2 of the beautiful painting prints by Liz Cogley here, which are high quality stretched canvas prints. See below “Victoria’s Magical Emblem” (two possums), Limited Edition, 55 x 33.5cm: RRP $280, member price $225

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Help save Leadbeater’s Possum, buy an art print by Elizabeth Cogley at Leadbeaters.org.au

 

Leadbeater’s Possum Clips YouTube video: (Uploaded on the 16th December 2007) See some film clips of Leadbeater’s Possums doing what they do courtesy of www.arkive.org.  You can also see more about Leadbeater’s and other possums at www.PossumPlanet.com.

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HiSTORY of LEADBEATER’S POSSUM:  The Leadbeater’s Possum was not discovered until 1867 and was originally known through only 5 specimens, with the last one collected in 1909. The fear that it might be extinct from that time on gradually grew after the swamps and wetlands in Australia, especially around Bass River in south-west Gippsland were drained for farming in the early 1900s. But, on the 3rd April in 1961, a member of the species was rediscovered by naturalist Eric Wilkinson, and the 1st specimen in more than 50 years was captured later in the month.

In 1965, a colony of Leadbeater’s Possums was discovered near Marysville, Victoria. Extensive searches since then have also found existing population in the highlands. A fairly healthy population of the Leadbeater’s Possums were lost in the horrific Black Friday Bushfires that swept through Victoria in 1939, after the combination of 40 years of old regrowth for food, and large dead trees left still standing after the fires for shelter and nesting, which allowed the Leadbeater’s Possum population to expand to about 7500 in the early 1980s. Their population since then declined to 2000 prior to the disastruos Black Saturday Bushfires of 2009, which destroyed large areas of bushland around MarysvilleNarbethong and Healesville, resulting in a population of less than 1000 Leadbeater’s Possums in 2013.

In 1968, the State of Victoria made Leadbeater’s possum its faunal emblem. Read more here.

Lost & Found:The Rediscovery of Leadbeater’s Possum YouTube video: (Uploaded on the 4th April 2011 by MuseumVictoria.com.auThought extinct for decades, Victoria’s state emblem, the tiny Leadbeater’s Possum, was rediscovered in 1961 by Eric Wilkinson. Here’s the remarkable story…

For more information on Leadbeater’s Possum (aka Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) visit  Edge of Existence and the Australian Government Environment Department’s Leadbeater’s Possum Recovery Plan

Please visit and help the endangered Leadbeater’s Possums at www.Leadbeaters.org.au

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