Being Driven to Extinction


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?

Important links for more info
My Environment
Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum
The Age story of 29 August 2013
Wikipedia
Zoos Victoria

Comments

  • gen1977
    gen1977over 1 year ago

    Well said retepk – if only more shared your concern about the possums!! If we cause other species to become extinct, we will eventually too as we are part of the ecosystem as well – this people forget. It is not acceptable that Leadbeater’s Possums are not protected and that their habitat is being logged, especially as Australia has a very high rate of extinction of species. They are so tiny and vulnerable, so I hope they will be helped – their plight is increasingly being reported in the media, so hopefully that will increase people’s awareness and concern with what is happening.

  • Very much appreciated. Thank you very much Gen1977.
    Cheers.

    – retepk

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 1 year ago

    Peter, I hope others take up your cause!! I agree that people should do all they can to save this, and many other indigenous animals, from extinction!! :)

  • Thanks Keith. The remaining natural areas in this state are getting smaller and smaller as the cities and towns get bigger. Logging (especially clearfelling) of forests is accelerating habitat loss.
    Cheers mate.

    – retepk