Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum
Leadbeater’s Possum is Victoria’s State faunal emblem. It is a critically endangered species with both State and National Recovery Programs in place. They are found nowhere else, meaning they are endemic to Victoria and are located in the Central Highlands forests (between Kinglake, Eildon, Warburton and Healesville), Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve near Macclesfield and alpine areas between Lake Mountain and Mount Baw Baw.
Population estimates prior to the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires were around 2,500-3,000 individuals. Post-fire estimates are around 1,500. Approximately 45% of their prime habitat and population was lost in these fires.
We are Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum Inc – a group of volunteers who came together on National Threatened Species Day 7th September 2004 to give a voice to these amazing but elusive forest animals. Leadbeater’s Possums population and habitat is suffering from ongoing clearfell logging (including salvage logging), bushfire destruction in 2009 and bushfire prevention methods like fuel breaks and fuel reduction burning.
We are actively working towards achieving the proposed Great Forest National Park to provide security to Leadbeater’s Possum populations into the future.
Together we hope to be able to help Leadbeater’s survive in the wild by developing public awareness, conservation efforts, research programs and effective conservation strategies and policies.
Please help to secure a safe future for Victoria’s critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum.
Leadbeater’s Possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri)
Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum @ Together For Wildlife Launch
At The Memo Theatre, Healesville on February 28, 2019
I’m Steve Meacher, President of Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum
“The Leadbeater’s Possum is a small, fast moving, nocturnal possum that lives in the Central Highlands region of Victoria to the north-east of Melbourne. It was listed as critically endangered in 2015 by the federal government due to loss of species habitat. We currently have an expensive court case underway alleging illegal logging by the state owned logging company. We need your help to fund this action. Thank you.”