Bailey, a six-month-old golden brushtail possum, has made her first appearance at Wild Life Sydney in Darling Harbour – the third of the rare species born through the facility’s breeding program.
The possums are one of Australia’s largest tree-dwelling marsupials but are very rarely seen in the wild, having been pushed into a few remote pockets of Tasmanian forests by predators.
After being kept secluded for the vital first few months of her life, visitors can now catch a glimpse of Bailey and the growing brood.
Wild Life Sydney life sciences manager Mike Drinkwater said Bailey’s parents had arrived at the facility in 2008 – and since then staff had been involved in three successful births.
“Bailey has developed exceptionally well since her birth on site,” Mr Drinkwater said.