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Mountain Pygmy-possums

Environment>Mountain Pygmy-possums

The Mountain Pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus) is the only native mammal that lives in the alpine environment above the treeline. For more information about this iconic alpine possum, click here to download the Mountain Pygmy-possum Fact Sheet.

This small and endearing mammal is continuing to fight for its survival as a species while its habitat is threatened by development, climate change and introduced flora and fauna.

The Recovery Plan for the species on Mt Buller was developed in 2005. It contains ongoing management actions to assist in the continued survival and conservation of the Mountain Pygmy-possum on Mt Buller. Click here to download a copy of the Recovery Plan for the Mountain Pygmy-possum on Mt Buller.

In June 2009, the Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board won a United Nations World Environment Day Award for its dedication to restoring the habitat of the endangered Mountain Pygmy-possum. Click here to see the press release about this fantastic achievement.


  • Respect the environment
  • Manage waste according to Resort best practice
  • Avoid actions that might damage habitat
  • Revegetate lodge surrounds and other disturbed areas with alpine plants
  • Control or eradicate environmental weeds
  • Take an active interest in the Resort environment
  • Remember that cats are prohibited within the Resort, and dogs require a permit.

Read about Barry, our Mountain Pygmy-possum mascot who entertains and educates children on the importance of caring for our precious flora and fauna.

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