The Western Ringtail Possums in my local area are facing a battle to survive. Each year approximately 200 possums need rehabilitation. They are under threat due to increasing development and subsequent demise of their habitat.
Earlier this year I worked alongside a group of dedicated people who give up their time and expertise to provide aid for injured or orphaned possums. They also try to raise public awareness about the possums and also lobby for their habitat to be protected.
I assisted with a workshop to bring all the different parties together to try to resolve some areas of conflict due to legislation and different points of view. As an outsider, I found it fascinating and heartwarming that so many people really cared about the future of these little creatures.
The main diet of the Western Ringtail Possums is the leaves of the peppermint tree that grows locally. While I don’t have a cute photo of a possum, I have a photo of a pepper tree from my walk this afternoon. It made me think of the possums and how we co-exist with them.
The possum centre has a website and can be found at www.possumcentre.com.au if you would like to find out more about them.