To gain some answers to these questions the South West Catchments Council (SWCC), Fostering and Assistance for Wildlife Needing Aid (FAWNA), The University of Western Australia (UWA) and The Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) are collaborating on a research project aimed at determining the fate of western ringtail possums, raised by rehabilitators, after their release back into the wild.
To ensure that the care given to these animals and the conditions under which they are held is uniform, a housing facility has been established near Capel. At this site western ringtail possums will be held under standardised conditions for a period of at least one month prior to release so that the factors that are hypothesised to affect survival post release can be controlled.
The possums in this facility require daily feed and water changes. A team of Possum Keepers service the enclosures and keep them in tip top condition.
The project began in 2019 and held 20 pre-release possums, but can now cater for 40 possums in the facility that can be used all year round. To date 80 young possums have graduated to the wild from the facility.