The now critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum relies on the native peppermint tree for its water intake year round. As we approach the hottest time of year, maintaining adequate water supply within our bushland sanctuary becomes increasingly critical.
During dry spells, possums will move to the ground to seek additional water sources, thus placing them at risk from predators. They will also move to cooler resting spots higher up in the trees where, without adequate canopy cover, they are more easily spotted by predatory hawks and crows. At this time of the year, juvenile possums are also moving from the safety of their mother’s pouch to travelling on her back.
We are currently establishing an irrigation programme to improve moisture levels and encourage healthy canopies in our bushland sanctuary. Another simple measure we are putting in place is tying water containers to the trees (close to the possum boxes), to ensure that our rescued Western Ringtail Possums do not need to travel from the safety of their new tree-top homes to find water.