Did you know?
The common brushtail possum's ‘proper name’ is Trichosurus Vulpecula: Trichosurus is derived from the Greek trix meaning hair and oura meaning tail: Vulpecula is from the Latin vulpes meaning fox and ecula meaning little. In Maori it’s a paihamu. In the Rimutaka Forest Park it’s just a pest.
In the 1850s, European settlers thought it would be a good idea to bring these hairy-tailed little foxes across the Tasman as a good source of food and fur in New Zealand; fast forward to the 1980s and, without any natural predators, they had thrived to such an extent that the peak possum population reached an estimated 60-70 million.