A helping hand

An elderly wildlife carer hold a western pygmy possum (Cercartetus concinnus) on Kangaroo Island (South Australia). There a five extant species of pygmy possum - four are endemic to Australia and one species also co-occurs in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. This one was photographed on Kangaroo Island and numbers are good.

As a group there length ranges from about 5 to 12 cm and they usually weigh between 10 and 50 grams. They are omnivorous, living on a diet of invertebrates, fruit, seed, nectar and pollen and are also excellent climbers.