leadbeaters possum 2Population drops by more than 80pc since mid 1980s

The Leadbeater's possum, Victoria's faunal emblem, has been declared critically endangered by Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, with the population plunging by 80 per cent over the past 30 years.

Professor David Lindenmayer, who has been researching the animal for more than 30 years, said the main threat to the possum's habitat was logging and fire.

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photo: Friends of the Leadbeater's Possum