Possum homes a class act
Western ringtail possums in the area will soon have new homes to live in after students from Cape Naturaliste College donated dreys to wildlife group FAWNA.
Clodagh Guildea’s Year 10 science class recently built dreys, or possum homes, from rolled-up door mats and pot-plant saucers.
“Our school, and especially the science curriculum, is steering towards focusing on real-world science applications,” she said.
“Our learning this year has been with a community focus, with emphasis on conservation and local critically endangered species.
“We also thought this would be a really great way for the students to give back to the community.”
FAWNA president Suzi Strapp said there were about 8000 western ringtail possums left in the wild, with about 2000 of them in the Busselton area.
“Busselton is one of the fastest- growing regions in the South West which means the possum’s native habitat is shrinking,” she said.
“They’re one of out most critically endangered species.
“ Possums now have to learn to live closer to, and amongst humans. This means they’re more vulnerable to predators.”
FAWNA will distribute the dreys in areas known to be high-risk for possums, and they will be securely placed in trees for them to discover.
Ms Strapp encouraged residents to build their own dreys, and said to always contact registered wildlife carers or veterinarians if they found injured wildlife.
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