Western Ringtail Possum

Favourite diet of the Western Ringtail Possum

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.




6 thoughts on “Western Ringtail Possum

  1. Hey Lorraine!
    Thanks for passing by on my page… I really like your caption under this blog title: “If one wants to write then one must write today”. I totally agree!
    It’s lovely to see that people are trying to save endangered animals, especially the ones living close by: when I was a kid I was struck by the slaughter of baby seals and by all of those “exotic” animals on the verge of extinction, but there are a lot of smaller mammals living close by as our neighbours that are experiencing just the same… and it’s a perfect example of people trying to change the world starting out on their vicinity.

    Take care


  2. We have an ongoing battle with badgers here. Some people love them, others blame them for all sorts of things. Interesting that no matter where you live the same problems occur.

    I enjoyed reading this, and I’ve never seen the tree before, so thanks for sharing that.

    • Thanks for your thoughts about my post. I have never seen a badger – I know what you mean though – these creatures can become a scapegoat or caught up between the environment and development.

      Thanks for visiting


    • Thanks Elizabeth for your encouragement and comments. I was feeling a bit despondent about my blog today – not much response lately, so your feedback was very welcome!


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