Funds plea for pos­sums

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Times News -

The South West Catch­ment Coun­cil will launch a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign to save the west­ern ring­tail pos­sum from ex­tinc­tion.

The group hopes to raise $30,000 to help with res­cue, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and habi­tat restora­tion.

The money will help to buy items such as milk, heat pads and in­cu­ba­tors for sick or in­jured pos­sums in care, as well as tree seedlings to re­gen­er­ate lo­cal pos­sum habi­tat.

SWCC chief ex­ec­u­tive Damien Potsma said money raised would also go to­wards buy­ing track and re­lease tags to mon­i­tor re­ha­bil­i­tated pos­sums.

“South West res­i­dents are lucky to share their back­yard with a crit­i­cally en­dan­gered species,” he said. “We are call­ing on our com­mu­nity to take ac­tion and help us pro­tect and con­serve this unique mar­su­pial be­fore it’s too late. Do­na­tions will help make a real dif­fer­ence in the pos­sum’s fu­ture.”

A VIP “nib­bles and night stalk” event will be held in Bus­sel­ton in De­cem­ber for those who do­nate more than $200. To do­nate, visit chuffed.org/project/wrp.

Pic­ture: South West Catch­ment Coun­cil

A west­ern ring­tail pos­sum.

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