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Thank you to the supporters of Leadbeater’s Possum
The profile of Leadbeater’s Possum has been on the ascent since 1961, when then geologist and amateur wildlife enthusiast Eric Wilkinson rediscovered the elusive marsupial after an absence of around 52 years. Since then much has happened to raise awareness.
In 1971 the Leadbeater’s Possum was named Victoria’s faunal emblem, alongside the Helmeted Honeyeater.
Since that time and through the decades, natural events and the activities of well-meaning folk have propelled the Leadbeater’s Possum into national and international scientific, environmental and economic debates.
As such, the Leadbeater’s Possum now has several organisations that support its conservation and plight through their varied avenues of endeavour.
WOTCH is a group of volunteer citizen scientists that give their time, mainly at night, to survey the mountain forests of Victoria’s Central Highlands for endangered animal species, including (but not limited to) the Leadbeater’s Possum and Greater Glider.
Their mission statement: “A dedicated citizen science group in the Central Highlands, Victoria: protecting our endangered flora & fauna from clearfell logging through surveying”