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Possum HC229

A taxidermied possum. The Australian brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), a cat-sized marsupial, was introduced to Aotearoa New Zealand in 1837 for the fur trade. It has become the country’s most damaging animal pest, wreaking havoc on native forests. In the early 2000s, it was estimated that there were 50 to 70 million possums in New Zealand.

Date: 21st century
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subject area: Social Science, Science
specific themes: Aotearoa, pests, non-native 

handling collection number: HC229

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