State’s emblem nearly extinct

"The Age" - Peter Weekes August 5, 2007 THE tiny Leadbeater's possum, Victoria's state faunal emblem, could be extinct in a few years if its numbers continue to plummet. The population of the tiny nocturnal animal has dropped sharply since it was listed as critically endangered in 1996 - despite a decade-long joint federal and state recovery plan to save it. Research by Professor David Lindenmayer, of the Australian National University, has revealed that since the plan was imposed, the Leadbeater's possum population has halved to around 2000. The Australian Conservat...

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