Tiny Possum and the Migrating Moths

Julie Murphy
Illustrated by Ben Clifford
February 2022
More details
  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    10th February 2022
  • ISBN 9781486314621
  • Language English
  • Pages 32 pp.
  • Size 9.84" x 9.84"
  • Images illus throughout

High in the Australian Alps, Possum needs to find enough food and shelter to survive the harsh alpine winter. She will spend months hibernating under a blanket of snow. Will she last through the year to successfully raise a new family?

The mountain pygmy-possum is small in size but huge in appeal! Once thought to be extinct, there are now around 2500 of these tiny survivors in the wild. They need snow and bogong moths to survive, and also the support of great conservation work.

Recommended for ages 6 to 9.


  • Reveals the relationship between the mountain pygmy-possum and the bogong moth, which is an essential food source.

  • Inspires young readers to tackle the challenges of biodiversity loss, habitat loss and climate change.

  • Written by a former zoologist and zookeeper, and author of almost 20 books published in Australia and internationally.

  • Includes links to further learning and an online citizen-science activity.

  • Links into Zoos Victoria campaigns to turn off lights to help bogong moths return to alpine region.

Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy writes fiction and non-fiction children’s books about animals and nature, and has been published in Australia and internationally. Julie is a former zoologist and zookeeper who aims to encourage a love of books and the natural world in her readers.

Ben Clifford

Ben Clifford was born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania, in a leafy suburb near the bush. After studying graphic design, his first book illustrations were published in 2017. When Ben is not enjoying the outdoors, he can be found writing, painting or exhibiting large-scale paintings.

native animals; conservation; habitat loss