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Mountain Pygmy-possums dig into food and water

Published 19th February, 2020 in Environment

Remote cameras spot Mountain Pygmy-possums eating from stations installed in a bushfire-affected area of Kosciuszko National Park.

A spotted Mountain Pygmy possum

The 62 custom-built food stations have been installed to save the threatened possums from the recent bushfires.

Stocked with bogong biscuits and macadamia nuts, the little possums dig in.

Biologists from Zoos Victoria developed the biscuits that replicate the nutrition of a Bogong moth - a main food source for possums.

To help with the affected wildlife, Woolworths has donated macadamia nuts as part of the Saving our Species program.

Environment Minister Matt Kean said the videos confirm many of the endangered animals survived the bushfires.

“The images show just how hungry and thirsty the possums are since the fire destroyed or reduced its natural food sources, so the bogong biscuits have literally been a lifesaver,” Mr Kean said.

Food supplies will continue throughout autumn before the possums hibernate for winter.

An emergency recovery plan is being put in place to protect and restore wildlife populations affected by the bushfires.

Learn more about the Saving our Species program.

Published 19th February, 2020 in Environment
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