Friends of Leadbeater's Possums



Friends of Leadbeater's Possums

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Leadbeater’s Possum is Victoria’s State Faunal emblem. A critically endangered species with both State and National Recovery Programs in place. Endemic to Victoria, they exist nowhere else but the Central Highlands forests, Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve and alpine areas between Lake Mountain and Mt. Baw Baw.

Population estimates prior to the 2009 bushfires were around 2,000-2,500 individuals, post-fire estimates are <1,000. Approximately 45% of their prime habitat and population was lost in the 2009 fires.

We are Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum Inc. – a group of volunteers who came together on National Threatened Species Day 7th September 2004 to give a voice to these amazing but elusive forest animals. Leadbeater’s Possums population and habitat is suffering from ongoing clearfell logging (including salvage logging), bushfire destruction in 2009 and bushfire prevention methods like fuel breaks and fuel reduction burning.

We are actively working towards achieving the proposed Great Forest National Park to provide security to Leadbeater’s Possum populations into the future.

Together we hope to be able to help Leadbeater’s survive in the wild by developing public awareness, conservation efforts, research programs and effective conservation strategies and policies.

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Conservation & Protection

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Healesville, VIC, 3777

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Founding Year

7 September 2005

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