Saturday, 13 February 2016

The Possums of Possum Valley

By Chris R. 

Possum Valley is so called for two reasons, the first being the local possums who call it home. Brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) are the most common possum species found in the hills region. They can be spotted in the evenings, high in the tree canopy in the Valley.  The second reason is the many possums who come into care at the Sanctuary – orphaned, injured and poisoned possums have all stayed at Possum Valley.

Seven possums are currently being rehabilitated at the Sanctuary.  Each is housed in a large walk-in aviary, to ensure fitness and muscle strength are maintained for their eventual return to the wild.  Native flowers and foliage are offered as food, together with a selection of fruit and vegetables to ensure their diet is varied and as close to natural as possible.

Possums that can be reintroduced into the wild are released with their nest box, ensuring they have a safe retreat.  We are always grateful to our skilled volunteers who build boxes for these native friends, giving them a helping hand back into the bush.

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