Western Ringtail Possum
Photograph by Russel Hyde
The Critically Endangered marsupial of the south-west is in urgent need of protection. They can be found from Dawesville to as far south as Albany. The species is shy and active only at night (nocturnal). They spend most of there time in the trees (arboreal) climbing eucalyptus and peppermint trees.
The Ringtail Tally was established by GeoCatch in 2016, in partnership with Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). The Tally has expanded beyond the original Geographe Bay Catchment area. Nature Conservation Margaret River, Leschenault Catchment Council and Wirambi Landcare now run the project with their local communities, making it a truly regional event. The ongoing success of the Tally is not possible without the generous contribution of community participants, DBCA and partner organisations.
Wirambi Landcare focuses on the Peel/Yalgorup population of the species. This region has very little data and information. By having an annual tally this will help fill in the information gaps of the species in this region.
The citizen science program aimed at increasing our knowledge and data about these critically endangered species which are found no where else in the world. This information will be used to make better informed decisions about the conservation effort of the species and you the general public can play an important role in this