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The Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is a small marsupial, native to Australia, introduced into New Zealand in the mid-19th century in an attempt to develop a fur industry. They occupy 90% of the mainland and at least 13 offshore islands. Much of this is in areas administered by the Department of Conservation. Of the estimated total possum population, about one-third is in the South Island, and two-thirds are in the North Island. The average density in the north is equivalent to four possums per hectare, 2.7 times that in the South Island.

They feast on the rich New Zealand flora and fauna, making them a very nutritious protein source. They eat plant material such as ferns, leaves, flowers, and fruit). Tree species such as northern rata, mistletoe and titoki have been reduced greatly by the possum’s selective feeding. They also supplement their diet with bird eggs, baby birds and some insects.

By feeding Brushtail to pets, we help to protect native birds and trees, and their habitats by maintaining a reduced population of this non-native marsupial.

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