The following report comes from the ABC.

Mountain Pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus). Source: Department of the Environment and Heritage

The surprise discovery of a rare possum colony in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains has been hailed as a major step forward in the study of the species.

An Ecologist, Doctor Linda Broome, has surveyed the animals for 25 years, and has found 59 Mountain Pygmy Possums at Cabramurra, north of Thredbo.

Dr Broome says they are 30km north of existing colonies, at an altitude 450m lower than previously thought possible.

She says the find was possible through advanced technology.

“The beauty of what we have now, compared to 20 years ago, is we’ve got a good geographic information system with all the aerial satellite photos,” Dr Broome said.

“We can look at the aerial photos and scan in.

“I did that, and low and behold, there was a huge boulder field outside Cabramurra.

“I thought ‘wow, that’s where we should be looking’.”