How to Help
Saving possums in our suburbs.
We can all do our bit to ensure the critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum is around for future generations.
You can help by:
- Preserving mature Peppermint trees (Agonus flexuosa) and other native vegetation. Western Ringtail Possums predominantly eat peppermint leaves.
- Planting a Possum-Friendly garden with Peppermint trees and other native plants
- Participating in the annual Possum Tally
- Preventing cats from roaming by keeping them indoors or in a catio
- Keeping cats and dogs inside at night at a minimum
- Involving your school with the Peppies for Possums Lesson Plan Series
- Reporting all sightings of possums (dead or alive) on a Fauna Report Form
- Installing a possum box in your home, business or school garden to provide a home for a possum
- Providing water by hanging a water bowl in a safe elevated place
- Keeping the lid on your barbecue shut to prevent curious possums getting their feet burned
- Driving with caution at night when possums are most active
- If using rodent or snail baits, placing them where possums can’t access them
- Checking first if you have possums or rodents in your roof
- Disposing of rubbish responsibly
- Never catching or handling possums unless you are undertaking a rescue, or with a trained wildlife carer
- Joining the Western Ringtail Action Group (WRAG), a community group interested in the conservation of possums and their habitat. Contact us to join.
The Recovery Plan for the Western Ringtail Possum, Vegetation Clearing and Building Demolition Guidelines and Living with Possums Fact Sheet are also useful reading for protecting the Western Ringtail Possum.