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South West wildlife advocates create family friendly possum awareness day event

Protecting our possums: The family friendly event will be held at the Graham Bricknell Memorial Music Shell on January 23. Picture: supplied
Protecting our possums: The family friendly event will be held at the Graham Bricknell Memorial Music Shell on January 23. Picture: supplied

South West wildlife advocates have teamed up to create a family friendly event so members of the community can learn about living with possums.

The heat wave over the Christmas period only highlighted the trauma the critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum and other native wildlife are up against.

According to the Fostering and Assistance for Wildlife Needing Aid (FAWNA) website, there are less than 8000 Western Ringtail Possums left in Western Australia's South West.

Friends of Gelorup Corridor Inc said the continual loss of bushland through residential development was forcing the mammals into our backyards.

"We want to help raise awareness of these unique creatures and share how people can support them and the Wild Life Groups/Carers that are helping rehabilitate this species," Friends member Terri Sharp said.

On January 23 there will be a question and answer panel as well as people from the Leschenault Catchment Council, Leschenault Biosecurity Group and South West Catchment Council.

FAWNA president Suzanne Strapp will be a guest speaker at the event which starts at 2pm.

Activities for children at the event include face painting, a circus act, possum drey making, bat boxes and information on native bats and a pin the tail on the possum game.

The gold coin donation event will be held at the Graham Bricknell Memorial Music Shell.