There are 27 different types of possums and gliders in Australia. They have a huge variety of sizes, shapes and appearances. We’ve compiled a profile on
every species here. One quarter of our possums and gliders are listed as threatened under Australian environmental law. Help their conservation, be
a citizen scientist: you can record sightings of possums from your local areas in the free CAUL Urban Wildlife App.
Name: Mountain Pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus Burramyidae)
Description: Very tiny possum that hibernates in Winter under boulder fields. Grey brown fur on back, brown-cream on underside. Dark ring around eye. HB: 111mm T: 136-138mm
Ecology: Habitat: Australia's sub-alpine and alpine heathlands and shrublands among boulder heaps. Diet: Insects, other arthropods, seeds.
Threats: Climate change, introduced predators.
Conservation Status: Commonwealth EPBC Act: Endangered, NSW: Endangered, VIC: Critically Endangered
Wildlife Carers and Advocacy: LAOKO Snowy Monaro Wildlife Rescue 02 6456 1313; Wildlife Rescue Inc (WRI) Australia Hotline 1300 596 457; Australian Fauna Care
Photo credit: Tim Bawden
Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) Rangers in the Martu Determination have collaborated with Threatened Species Recovery Hub scientists to design a monitoring program for mankarr (the greater bilby). Martu people identified priorities for the bilby monitoring program, then worked with Dr Anja Skroblin from The University of Melbourne to co-develop a monitoring method which brings together Martu knowledge and practice with Western conservation science.
I am a proud Murri from the Kamilaroi Nation in north-west New South Wales. I grew up in western Sydney on Darug land and now live in Canberra on Ngunnawal land.
A new project is aiming to increase city kids’ connections with nature, threatened species conservation and Indigenous culture. Dr Georgia Garrard from RMIT University talks about this project, which will see Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Traditional Owners working with kids at Carlton North Primary School in Melbourne and Gunditjmara Traditional Owners working with kids at Heywood Consolidated School in western Victoria.
For the Larrakia Land and Sea Rangers, the sight of a shell midden in coastal saltpans tells a long history of culture and how their ancestors are connected with the intertidal and mangrove environment. Through a different lens, the Larrakia Rangers also see these shell middens as areas where their culture overlaps with the habitat used by the Critically Endangered migratory shorebird the far eastern curlew.
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