Pepper the ’possum joins ONP team

The young marsupial will be part of the Oakland Nature Preserve’s Ambassador Team.

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The Oakland Nature Preserve is excited to announce the addition of Pepper, a young, non-releasable female Virginia opossum, to its Ambassador Team.

According to ONP, Virginia opossums are Florida’s only marsupial and the only opossum found in the United States. They range across Central and North America, from Costa Rica to southern Ontario, Canada.

They are beneficial animals to have around, as they eat many pest animals, including rats, snakes, slugs, snails and other garden pests,” ONP staff said, and they also eat carrion and clean up spilled garbage and fallen fruit.

Say hi to Pepper next time you are at ONP. She has been meeting visitors on her daily walks, and as she becomes more comfortable, she will attend the preserve’s events.



Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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