Leadbeater’s Possum numbers are estimated to have peaked in the mid-1980s, when approximately 7500 were known in the wild. From then, it’s numbers have declined. Logging has impacted on its habitat and range. Devastatingly, the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009 burned around 45% of its remaining habitat. At Lake Mountain a population of 300 possums was reduced to just two family groups (5 individuals). Late in 2011, 6-7 individuals were being monitored and supplementary fed on the plateau. There is now only an estimated 1500 Leadbeater’s Possums remaining in the wild and it may soon be admitted to the critically endangered list.
Leadbeaters possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) adult Emblem of Victoria
The Denis Naphine government handed over all forest east of the Hume Hwy in Victoria to commercial paper harvesters just days before the election…
Videos of what is happening:
David Attenborough and Jane Goodall have called for support for mountain ash forest protection…..
This is “Sounds of the forest” with Dr David Lindenmayer, ANU if you need further persuasion.