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A Science Story: Forest fairies

Andrew Katsis for Lateral Mag, Monday 3rd August 2015

On Easter Monday 1961 a tiny possum was brought back from the dead. Today, politics and natural disaster have joined forces to seal it's demise once and for all

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Andrew Katsis for Lateral Mag, Monday 3rd August 2015

In the mountain ash forests of Victoria's Central Highlands, there lives a tiny creature. It emerges only at night, flitting through the tree-tops as swiftly and as silently as a ghost.

Indeed, at one time the Leadbeater's possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) was nothing but a ghost. The species was thought extinct for half a century, until Easter Monday 1961, when it was rediscovered by a young museum assistant named Eric Wilkinson.

Today, the Leadbeater's possum once again sits on the cusp of extinction. Under threat from bushfire and clearfell logging, it was recently declared critically endangered by the Federal Government. If we continue business as usual, this time there won't be an Easter resurrection.

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