Fires in Kosciuszko National Park affecting mountain pygmy possums

Threatened Species Officer Dr Linda Broome set up remote cameras to monitor feral cats and foxes in mountain pygmy-possum habitat within Kosciuszko National Park.

Mountain pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus) during a survey of threatened species in Kosciuszko National Park

While all the cameras were destroyed by bushfires, Linda was able to recover one memory card. The footage revealed some local wildlife in the days before the fire, but the camera also captured a unique perspective from the heart of an Australian bushfire.

As the fire draws near, embers begin to rain down. Dry vegetation combusts from the extreme temperature. The camera stops recording once the heat is too much.

Once the fires died down, experts re-entered the sites to deliver food and water for the possums, and to replace the burnt cameras.

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