Conservation

Conservation

A few facts to consider:

The Australian Possum is not native to New Zealand. It was introduced by hunters in the 1800’s.

  • Possums have no natural predators on the islands.
  • They breed twice a year, so their numbers are growing rapidly.
    It is estimated there are between 70 and 90 million of them in NZ!
  • They eat around 21,000 tons of vegetation every night, destroying
    entire forests and habitat for natural species.
  • They destroy the eggs of the highly endangered kiwi and kakapo,
    flightless birds that were close to extinction.
  • They are a hazard on the roads.
  • The New Zealand government has spent many millions to humanely
    eradicate this pest from wildlife preserves and control the
    explosive population.
  • Possum Fiber is a unique and beneficial byproduct of efforts to
    save the stunning beauty and delicate ecosystems of New Zealand.
  • Possum fiber has many of the qualities of fine cashmere, such as
    lightness, softness and warmth.
  • It blends well with Merino and other fibers when spun properly.
  • It comes in beautiful natural colors and it can be dyed.
  • It’s washable and very durable.
  • It’s heavenly to knit with and to wear!