Oh hey I’m just gonna sit here and pretend you can’t see me!
It doesn’t get much cuter than this juvenile female Eastern Pygmy Possum (Cercartetus nanus), snapped after being captured for @cassie_thommo’s PhD on Road Ecology of this species. She was a recapture too and weighed a massive 7 grams!
EPP’s are listed as vulnerable under NSW legislation due to: - loss and fragmentation of habitat for agriculture and urban development.
- predation by cats (please bring your cats inside at night!), foxes and dogs.
- Changed fire regimes that affect the abundance of flowering shrubs, particularly banksias (Banksia spinosa in this pic)
- Loss of nest sites due to removal of firewood.
- Mortality on roads and fragmentation of habitat by new (and existing) roads.
@cassie_thommo is studying the effects of an existing road on EPP’s in a peri-urban area, Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
She will also look at the impacts on this species of the proposed Mona Vale Road Upgrade, as well as the effectiveness of species specific connectivity mitigation measures (vegetated overpass and an underpass).
If the EPP is recorded using the underpass, it will be the first record THIS century!!
If the EPP is recorded using the vegetated overpass, it will be THE FIRST RECORD EVER!!!!! Head along to the ECA Conference this coming Friday July 27 at Shoal Bay, for more detail on @cassie_thommo’s project!
Handled under current Scientific Licence and Animal Ethics permit (and ARA).