Photograph by D. Harley.
An animal in trouble.
The Leadbeater’s Possum. It is the faunal emblem of this state, Victoria. It was thought to be extinct early last century. But, thankfully, a living specimen was found in 1961 that has culminated in the animals’ status being revised.
Today, it is classified as Endangered. Sadly, it is mankind who is putting the Leadbeater’s Possum in jeopardy.
If the tragic 2009 fires didn’t get them, well, we are determined to get them now. Our state government is allowing the surviving forests to be logged. Those forests are the habitat of the Leadbeater’s Possum. According to The Age, 42 per cent of their habitat was lost in those tragic fires. The loggers are clearing chunks of what remains.
We are driving this little creature to extinction. It has survived for millions of years and now after two hundred years of European settlement in this country it is facing extinction.
Establishing a national park to protect these, and other fauna, has been suggested but it will need a lot of support to get it realised.
Do you care about the loss of this vulnerable marsupial?
If you do what can you do about it?
*Visit the Central Highlands (especially in the Toolangi area) and see for yourself those magnificent forests before they’re gone.
*What about lobbying your local politicians? Ask them why they are allowing the Leadbeater’s Possum to die out? Why the push by the government (through its agent, VicForests) to log those forests at the expense of the indigenous flora and fauna?
*Lobby the Federal Government. The Minister for Environment. Since it was them who gave the authority back to the states. Bearing in mind, of course, that we have a Federal election tomorrow week (September 7) and could have a new incumbent.
*Don’t buy Reflex Paper. It originated in those forests.
*Get involved. There are like-minded people out there who are doing all they can to save this, and many other indigenous animals, from extinction
How can we let our faunal emblem go extinct? How can we let any species become extinct?