Brushtail possums were among the earliest animals introduced into New Zealand by European settlers. They were first brought from Australia in 1837 to establish a fur industry. By 1922, 36 batches of possums had been imported, mostly from Tasmania where possums were larger and most had the black fur preferred by furriers. These possums and their descendants were liberated at more than 450 places around New Zealand by 1930.
|Author||Dr Jim Coleman|