Leadbeater’s Possums:

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Victoria’s faunal emblem; a truly ancient relict marsupial. I love this snap of a pair carrying nesting materials in their prehensile tails. If you are vigilant you may see some of these as you walk the Upper Yarra Track, particularly along Newlands Rd, Toorongo Road and Forty Mile Break Road (if you go for a walk at night, anyway – always a worthwhile exploration). ‘Several clusters of records were developed, particularly in the Toorongo Plateau/Noojee area…Leadbeater’s Possums (were) detected across all age-classes of forest surveyed, with a similar proportion of records from 1939 and 1983 fire regrowth (25% and 27% of cameras, respectively) and a higher proportion of detections in regrowth forest from timber harvesting between 1978-2000 (38% of cameras). I notice that there were more of them where there had been recent timber harvesting – hardly an argument for a new National Park! Thanks to Tom Osburg for the snap and link, http://www.delwp.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/316060/Targeted-survey-report-2015_final-7Oct15r.pdf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadbeater’s_possum Petition here: https://www.change.org/p/victorian-enviroment-minister-lisa-neville-victorian-premier-daniel-andrews-say-no-to-the-proposed-great-forest-national-park?recruiter=47734711&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=mob-xs-share_petition-reason_msg&fb_ref=Default

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