Dr Linda Broome ‘Emergency feeding of Mountain Pygmy-possums after the Black Summer fires’

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Thursday, 22 February 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Mountain Pygmy Possum at the Snow Ridge Road
Mountain Pygmy Possum at the Snow Ridge Road

On January 4, 2020 the catastrophic Dunn’s Road fire exploded into a severe fire storm centred on the habitat of the critically endangered mountain pygmy-possum in northern Kosciuszko National Park, near Cabramurra. One third of the habitat of the possum in NSW was severely burnt, with all vegetation cover removed. While it was hoped the possums had survived the fire deep within the shelter of their rocky homes, we suspected they would be short on food and water due to the prolonged drought drying up local boulder streams and the record low numbers of a major food source, the bogong moth, migrating from their lowland breeding grounds. In this talk I outline the rapid response measures the Department of Planning and Environment Saving Our Species Team, NPWS, Zoos Victoria, colleagues, friends, volunteers and local school children took to sustain the possums in the after math of the fire for the next two years, the results of our efforts and the current status of the possum under the continuing threat of global heating.

Linda is a Senior Threatened Species Officer with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Biodiversity Conservation Section. She has been conducting research and monitoring populations of mountain pygmy-possums and bogong moths in Kosciuszko National Park for 37 years, since January 1986.

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