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Endangered Possum Sighting at The Arkaba Walk’s Wildlife Viewing Hide

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Last week was an incredibly exciting one for the team on The Arkaba Walk, with confirmation of what were once extinct Brush Tailed Possums (or Virlda in Adnyamathanha).

Captured by one of the conservation cameras at the wildlife viewing hide, the blurry (and furry!) guy in the bottom right is being watched by a thirsty kangaroo.

Brush-tailed possums are believed to have gone locally extinct in the 1940s, with habitat degradation and predation by feral predators such as cats and foxes, being some of the suspected causes for its disappearance. Reintroduction alongside the Western Quoll (Idnya in Adnyamathanda) took place in Arkaba’s neighbouring Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park back in June 2015.
With this individual safely being able to travel over 20km from the release site in search of food, water (and hopefully mating partners), it’s a significant sign good things are happening and our environment is recovering as a result conservation programs being carried out by the Arkaba team. Conservation work that is actively supported by each and every guest who has ever experienced Wild Bush Luxury on The Arkaba Walk.
To learn more about Arkaba or to experience conservation in action, call (02) 9571 6399 to speak with a Wild Bush Luxury specialist.