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Hybrid Possum Creates Hope

Visions takes a look at the work the University of Melbourne is doing along with the Department of Sustainability and Environment to save one of Australia’s most endangered species: the Mountain Pygmy-possum. In a conservation breakthrough Dr Andrew Weeks from the Bio21 Institute describes how a translocation strategy is reinvigorating the species after two genetically isolated populations bred in the wild for the first time. 

More information

For more information about the breakthrough, please see the following news items:

"Hybrid possum gives endangered species a chance"
http://newsroom.melbourne.edu/news/n-529 

"Possum magic: New hope for Victoria’s Mountain Pygmy-possums" 
http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/about-dse/media-releases/possum-magic-new-hope-for-victorias-mountain-pygmy-possums 

Credits

Produced by Charlotte Crawford
Editing by Rob Cross
Camera by Clive Banfield
Field work footage kindly supplied by the Department of Sustainability and Environment

With thanks to:
Dr Andrew Weeks, ARC Research Fellow, Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne

The Department of Sustainability and Environment