Zoos Victoria has today welcomed the Victorian Government’s response to the Leadbeater’s Possum Advisory Group Report recommendations.
Zoos Victoria CEO, Jenny Gray said the Group’s recommendations focused on the two principles of protecting and supporting Leadbeater’s Possum colonies; and conserving and enhancing current and future habitat for the possum.
“The report recommendations are the product of careful negotiation with community, scientists and the timber industry and we believe they are a positive step towards the recovery of our State’s faunal emblem,” Ms Gray said.
“These negotiations and the development of the recommendations have drawn on the science of the leading experts including Dr David Lindenmayer and the Arthur Rylah Institute.”
Ms Gray said the report and its associated technical documents provide a better picture of the state of Leadbeater’s Possum habitat following the devastating Black Saturday fires that wiped out more than a third of the highland species habitat. However, more monitoring needs to be done to gain a better understanding of where current colonies are located and where suitable habitat needs to be protected.
The report recommendations include:
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