Logging Could Doom Tiny Australian Possum to Extinction, but One Zoo Offers Hope by +John Platt at +Scientific American

Scientists and conservationists this week said they will petition the Australian government to change the status of the Leadbeater’s possum from “endangered” to “critically endangered,” a designation shared by only four other Australian mammals. The tiny marsupial (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) is one of two faunal emblems of Australia’s State of Victoria, but it has suffered badly since 2009. The species lost more than 40 percent of its habitat that year during the infamous Black Sunday bushfires, which swept through the state and killed or injured more than 600 people.
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