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Leadbeater's Possum

The Leadbeater's Possum is Victorias endangered faunal emblem and we have been working for 10 years as unpaid volunteers to save it culminating in a Supreme Court Case.  Read more

The following is a summary of the work we are doing on the Leadbeater's Possum

Leadbeater's Possums Discovered

Gun Barrel Leadbeater's Possum

A tiny family of critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum have been captured on camera on the edge of a VicForests logging operation in the contested Toolangi logging zone.

The court case is underway to protect three critical habitat area’s in Toolangi, from being logged. One of the site camera's has produced 10,600 photo’s showing several Leadbeater’s (fairy) possums making a nest in a collapsing tree on the edge of the partially logged ‘Gun Barrel’ coupe.

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Leadbeaters Recovery Plan

Current Species Status:

Endangered (Schedule 1, Endangered Species Protection Act 1992, IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals 1994, ANZECC 1991, CNR 1995). In Victoria, Leadbeater's Possum is listed as a threatened taxon on Schedule 2 of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. Leadbeater's Possum was thought to be extinct following no records for 50 years when it was rediscovered in the Central Highlands of Victoria (Wilkinson 1961). Since then it has been recorded at approximately 300 localities, over an area of approximately 80 km east to west and 65 km north to south (Macfarlane and Seebeck 1991). The species is now primarily restricted to the tall eucalypt forests of Mountain Ash, Alpine Ash and Shining Gum in the Central Highlands, where it occurs in numerous scattered patches throughout the area.

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DEVIL'S STAIRCASE 300-503-0003 INVESTIGATION REPORT Investigation into VicForests' Compliance with Leadbeater's Possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) Habitat Management Prescriptions