The Western Pygmy Possum is a threatened species within the few regions that they currently populate. These tiny creatures weigh approx. 13gm and reach an average length of 80mm when fully grown.Their native habitat has been reduced significantly which seriously impacts on their chances of survival. Our aims are to increase knowledge of the species, to provide additional hollows and nesting boxes for their protection and improve their habitat through revegetation of strategic sites.
These tiny possums, often mistaken for mice, are more than just cute furry marsupials. They feed selectively on nectar and small insects, and play a huge role in pollinating their local environments. This benefits other wildlife, as well as assisting in pollination of various important native flora species. Unfortunately, due to loss, fragmentation and degradation of habitat, altered fire regimes, and introduced predators such as feral cats, they are now listed as a threatened species.
These tiny nocturnal possums are so quick and small that very little, is actually known about them. It is vital to their survival that we learn more about this little marsupial, by gathering further information to better understand their behaviour and local habitats. A major part of Conservation Volunteers Australia project is to monitor and gather valuable data, this will enable the delivery of ongoing protection programs. The resulting statistics will be uploaded to the SA Biology Database.
As our knowledge grows about the Western Pygmy Possum, so will our ability to protect this important Australian species. By establishing more nesting boxes and secure natural hollows, we will be able to provide these small creatures with a safe refuge for breeding and rearing their young. This will assist with increasing numbers while enabling Conservation Volunteers Australia to continue to monitor this fascinating and very endearing Australian treasure.