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Possums an Invasive Species Introduced to NZ

Possums an Invasive Species Introduced  to NZ

It is a fact that the exotic introduced species of Australian Brushtail Possum is a major ecological threat in New Zealand. Rats & stoats are also major introduced predators in the New Zealand bush. By investing in a possum fur product you are contributing to the survival and regeneration of the unique native New Zealand forest, birds and insect species, many of whom are now threatened by extinction.Because of its long isolation from the rest of the world, New Zealand has extraordinary & unique flora and fauna. About 80% of New Zealand's flora is endemic, meaning that it is found...

Oct 18, 2017

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Historical Lessons from Rabbits

Many anti-fur people will argue that by allowing a fur trade to exist, you are by default making sure that the possum will never be eradicated in New Zealand. The NZ government has come to accept that the possum may never be completely eliminated from New Zealand. The goal now is to control numbers to a manageable level that allows the native bush to regenerate and native bird and insect species to recover, especially in National Park sanctuary areas. The NZ government currently spends around 80 million dollars per year on possum control using 1080 poison that is banned in some...

Oct 18, 2017

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The History of Possums in New Zealand

When our colonial New Zealand fore-fathers introduced possums to New Zealand they had no idea of the terrible impact that possums would have on the delicate natural balance of the native New Zealand eco-system. The Australian Brushtail Possum (which is very different from the American Opossum) was first released into New Zealand in 1837, becoming successfully established around 1858. This was done with the express purpose of establishing a commercial fur trade.Without natural predators, this furry cat-sized marsupial thrived in the lush New Zealand native bush and quickly become a major ecological problem killing native trees and competing with native animals and...

Oct 18, 2017

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Gorgeous Creatures Possum Fur Repair Service

Gorgeous Creatures Possum Fur Repair Service

Gorgeous Creatures can facilitate the repair of your possum fur throw, blanket or fur coat in New Zealand only. Each project is unique depending on the age of the fur and the issues like split or perished skins, holes, weak areas of leather, dry and dull matted fur, furs that need to be replaced etc. Not all furs can be repaired, in fact many of the fur throws that we see are well beyond any help. Sometimes a possum fur throw has simply worn out beyond repair and it is better to buy a new one. If your possum fur throw...

Oct 15, 2017

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When is a Possum Not an Opossum?

When is a Possum Not an Opossum?

Other than both being marsupials, the Australian Brushtail Possum and the North American Opossum are very difference from each other. They are not even the same species, genus, subfamily, family or order from a scientific classification perspective. Australian Common Brushtail Possum: Trichosurus Vulpecula Introduced to New Zealand from Australia, to establish a fur industry from 1837-1921. Unique to New Zealand and Australia. Up to 90cm (35”) long (incl. tail) and up to 6kg (13.2lb) for a really fat one. The Brushtail Possum is one of the largest varieties of possum in the world. Reddish brown, dark brown or grey with...

Oct 14, 2017

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