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Partytime, quinces and poo.

Who after watching this could  feel grumpy about a few apples or quinces? How lucky we are to have this beautiful animal adapting its former forest behaviour to live with us. Here I am in the middle of a city of 3 million people and ringtails arrive on the dot of 11pm ready to party.  They sleep by day in nests they’ve made around the neighbourhood, eat their own poo (special daytime poo which they need to digest their food) lick their paws, yuk!(two digits forward, two digits behind). Then shove the kids in the pouch if tiny or sling the whole family on the back and told to hang on tight.

Phascogale in the city

Most city slickers have never heard of, or would  recognize a phascogale. So I made one and installed it in Louis Joel Gallery Melbourne.

louis joelIts at least a meter long, so now there’s no excuses.  And if you’re wondering, that’s a Leadbeater possum  looking on. But you wouldn’t expect city slickers to know about them would you?

Sounds of the Forest Disappearing

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.

Leadbeater's possum.

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.