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Buy a Possum - Save a tree!

The Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) a native of Australia, like most of New Zealand's wild mammals & marsupials, was introduced to New Zealand in the 1800's to generate an industry - in the case of the Possum, a fur trade. With no predators, and ideal living conditions, once in the wild the Possum population has reached plague proportions estimated up to Seventy million animals, which munch their way through hectares of New Zealand's native bush at the alarming rate of over twenty one thousand tonnes per evening, threatening many species of birds unique to our shores by loss of habitat alone.

Brushtail Possums have been found guilty of eating eggs, nestlings and adults of NZ native species such as the kokako, kiwi, kahu, kereru and mutton bird, some of which are endangered species.
Parts of New zealand's native bush are of particular significance and protected as World Heritage National Parks.

Whilst measures to controlling the Possum numbers is difficult in rugged areas, increasing the market for the desirable pelts, and the research resulting in the use of the fibres in kntwear and fabric is giving the Possum a good use once again, whilst reducing the numbers gradually in the wild. Buying Possum products is an environmentally responsible act.

Fibre Facts
Possum fur is has remarkable fibre, it is hollow, trapping warm air and insulating the skin from the freezing winter temperatures. Seven percent warmer than wool itself, Possum is spun with Merino to produce superb quality warm and lightweight garments which feel wonderful to touch and wear.

“The export of Brush Tailed Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) skins and products is permitted according to New Zealand law; will not be detrimental to the survival of the species in the wild; and does not come from species listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora; and conforms to the requirement of the Convention”

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