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Helping Western Ringtail Possums

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The Western Ringtail Possum is a rare and endangered species, which is unique to the South West of WA. Ringtails are special to Busselton and Dunsborough because this area has one of the most significant remaining populations.

Many of us are lucky enough to have this native endangered species living in our backyards! We can all do our bit to help the Western Ringtail Possum to ensure this unique species of marsupial doesn’t become extinct.

Read the Recovery Plan for the Western Ringtail Possum, Clearing protocols for the Western Ringtail PossumFAQ fact sheet on the Western Ringtail Possum here

You can help by:

– Involving your school with the Peppies for Possums Lesson Plan Series

  • – Participate in the annual Possum Tally
  • – Reporting all sightings of Ringtails (dead or alive) on a Fauna Report Form

– Keeping cats and dogs in at night, create a Katzone

– Preserving mature Peppermint Trees and other native vegetation

– Planting Peppermint Trees and other native plants in your garden

– Putting a Possum Box in your garden to provide a home for a possum

– Providing water by hanging a water bowl in a safe elevated place

– Disposing of rubbish responsibly

– If using rodent or snail baits place them where Ringtails can’t access them

– Keeping the lid on your barbecue shut to prevent curious Ringtails getting their feet burned

– Never catching or handling Ringtails unless you are undertaking a rescue

– Driving with caution at night when Ringtails are the most active.

– Join the Western Ringtail Action Group (WRAG) a community group interested in the conservation of Ringtails and their habitat. Contact GeoCatch for more information.

If you have found an injured or orphaned Ringtail, there are a few simple steps to remember:

  1. Wrap the animal in a towel blanket or jumper or similar to keep it warm and place in a ventilated cardboard box in a quiet, safe place. If the animal is injured, take it to your local vet immediately. Do not try to feed it or give it a drink.
  2. If you are not sure what to do, call FAWNA 0438526 660 or the WILDCARE HELPLINE 9474 9055 (both available after business hours).
  3. If you find a possum on the ground, call FAWNA for advice before removing the animal from the spot where you found it.
  4. If you require any additional advice regarding the general care and habitat requirements of possums, the Possum Centre Busselton 9754 7226.

The Western Ringtail possum is an endangered species that predominantly eats peppermint leaves. To assist in conservation research, please report sightings of living or deceased Western Ringtail possums to the Department of Parks and Wildlife website or contact the Department of Parks and Wildlife Office in Busselton on 97525555 or 97525533.

  • If you have a Western Ringtail Possum or any other native animal in your garden regard it as an honour. Our home is their home too!