William’s weight continues to drop as expected. This week he weighs 57.4g!
Did you know you can meet William in the flesh on Healesville’s new Fighting Extinction Tour? This a new opportunity for people to see behind the scenes in our Threatened Species department – you get to see the special refrigerated containers where William and his buddies are tucked up for their winter hibernation, and to see William curled up sleeping in his nest box.
Or you may get to meet Dixie, our friendliest Helmeted Honeyeater, and see the aviaries where these beautiful birds have been bred for almost 20 years, part of the recovery program aiming to replenish the wild population.
You will also get to see (and maybe feed) a Tasmanian Devil close-up, and see keepers preparing the Devils’ dinners (be prepared, it’s gruesome!) Or meet a magical little jewel of a Corroboree Frog, so beautiful you can hardly believe it’s real.
You may also see some of the other animals in our Threatened Species department – all part of Zoos Victoria’s Fighting Extinction commitment. For a limited time the Fighting Extinction Tours cost only $25 per person; amazing value, so get in fast!
Mountain Pygmy Possum Quiz
In the wild, Mountain Pygmy Possums’ diet consists mostly of?
a. Snow and chips
b. Fish and rice
c. Plants, seeds and insects found in the boulder fields
(Look up the answer yourself, or find out next time)
Answer to last week’s Quiz Question: (c) Mountain Pygmy Possums habitat consists of rocks and boulder fields just above and below the snow line on Australia’s highest mountains
I wonder why William is a threatened species?
C: plants and insects.