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…
Australia 2014 is STILL building barrier fences to keep ‘vermin’ i.e. emus out of agricultural areas, directly across the bird’s migration route, the same bird that’s on our Coat of Arms! Working with the character if the country is the obvious direction agriculture and governments should take, not simply altering a landscape to suit a market need.
“This example from Western Australia corresponds with what’ is seen by many as a growing trend for governments in Australia to defend their land-use decisions by ignoring, dismissing or contradicting existing robust research on ecological impacts of particular activities (see, e.g. Fitzsimons 2012; Lindenmayer 2013).”