Western Ringtail Possum
If sick or injured western ringtail possums are found please wrap in a warm blanket, towel or jumper. Place the injured animal inside a box or small esky and take immediately to your local vet. The vet will assess the animal, treat and then call a registered/qualified wildlife rehabilitator to care for the possum. Whilst handling the possum please use rubber gloves if possible to protect your hands if possible.
If found during hours 8am - 5pm ring the Department Park and Wildlife on 97 525 555. If after hours then call Wildcare Hotline on 94 749 055 (24 hour number) or FAWNA on 0438 526 660
If the animal is recently dead then place in a plastic bag and refrigerate. Take the body to the Busselton Vet as soon as possible and the body will be sent off for autopsy.
A threatened species in our backyard
The Western Ringtail Possum (WRP) or Ngwayir is unique to south west WA. It was once widely distributed throughout the southwest , but is now restricted to isolated coastal areas between Albany and Bunbury, mainly concentrated in areas of peppermint forest (Agonis flexuosa). The highest densities of WRP are found on the coastal strip between Busselton and Dunsborough often cohabiting humans in residential areas. This has been recognised in the Western Ringtail Possum's status as the faunal emblem for the City of Busselton.
Ringtail possums are currently listed as:
- Vulnerable under the 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species;
- Threatened under the WA Wildlife Conservation Act (1950); and
- Threatened (Vulnerable) under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).
Key threatening factors contributing to the decline of the species are been loss of habitat through land clearing, predation from foxes and urban development impacts.
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