Leadbeater's Possum - Life Magazine 1962

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The rediscovery of Leadbeater's Possum attracted a lot of international attention. The possum appeared in an issue of Life Magazine in April 1962. Clippings from the magazine are attached to the file.

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Date: 15/1/1962
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Memorandum. 15th January, 1962.

Photographing Leadbeater's Possum

Mr. Fred Hubbard of Life International rang from Sydney on Monday, January 15 to arrange for photographing Leadbeater's possum. Mr. Hubbard indicated that Mr. David Potts would be the photographer and that he had considerable experience in photographing wildlife. Their requirements are close ups and perhaps several shots in natural surroundings.

I have agreed to this and suggested that two days may be necessary so that the animal is not subjected to excessive handling. Mr. Hubbard will contact me again shortly to arrange suitable dates.


Research Officer.

The Director of Fisheries & Wildlife,


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Life Magazine page 1.jpg Leadbeater's Possum



For half a century the tiny animals perched on the branch had been sought as persistently and amid as much skepticism as the Abominable Snowman. Called Leadbeater's possums (after an obscure taxidermist), the species was discovered in Australia in 1867 and then, a few years later, declared extinct. But signs of the animals-remains in an owl's lair, the report of a gold miner-cropped up to tantalize naturalists. Thirty years ago the search for the elusive creatures began. Although much like other possums, the Leadbeater could be distinguished by its narrow seven-inch tufted tail and wide toes. Finally in the midst of a tourist resort just 70 miles from Melbourne, Naturalist H. E. Wilkinson spotted a living Leadbeater scurrying up a tree. Two others were found later. All three have been placed under protection although they seemed to be thriving in their life among the tourists. Anxious naturalists hoped to keep the errant possums firmly in view.

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Life magazine page 2.jpg TINY POSSUMS are five inches long, smaller than the common ringtail possum. They lack side membranes that enable bigger possums to fly up to 100 yards from tree to tree.

AN ACROBAT, Jimmy (known to naturalists as Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) nose-dives into glass for a mouthful of meal worms. His other trick is hitching rides in keeper's pocket.

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