NZ Possum Fur
Beautiful, soft, silky and superb possum fur throws
Nestle into our luxurious possum fur throws and blankets on a cool evening, and delight in the silky sleek feel of real fur against your skin.
Photograph to left by Anil Dumasia from xybrands
Brushtail Possums are an introduced species
The possum is a major pest and is destroying the native forest and birds.
New Zealand possums are nothing like the American opossum. All possum fur is a by-product of the irradication programme to save the New Zealand native environment.
New Zealand is full of possums, there are an estimated 70 million possums living in the cities, towns, farms and mostly in the native forest. That is around 17 possums per person in New Zealand. Only about 1.5 million possums are harvested per annum for the possum fur industry.
It is illegal to farm or ranch possums for fur in New Zealand. In fact the New Zealand government spends millions of dollar each year to reduce possum numbers in an attempt to help save the native forests and birds.
New Zealand possums live full lives in the native bush
They are free to travel, nest and eat.
They eat their way through 20,000 tones of native forest each night. Male possums fight each other viciously over territory and for female possum mates.
Most possums used for manufacturing come from remote bush and forest regions of New Zealand. Often these places can only be accessed by helicopter or several hard days tramping rough and steep mountains.