Opossums (or possums as they are commonly known) are found throughout New Zealand and were introduced from Australia in 1837 with the aim of creating a successful fur industry. However numbers have grown to epidemic proportions and they are now the biggest threat to our native forests and birds. They number somewhere in the tens of millions in New Zealand!
Possums can live up to 10 years. They are marsupials which raise their young in a pouch and are mainly grey or brown, but on rare occassions golden. Our two females on display are named Goldie and Shadow - one golden, the other black.
Each day at 3.00pm we bring one of our friendly resident Possums out for you to meet and pat, while sharing information about them.
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