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Scientific Name: 
Acrobates pygmaeus
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Diprotodontia
Family: 
Acrobatidae
Genus: 
Acrobates
Species: 
pygmaeus
Status: 
Least Concern
Population Trend: 
Stable
Quick Facts

Life Span: 4 years in the wild, but 6-7 years in captivity.

Size: 6-8cms.

Weight: 10-14g.

Collective Noun: Keepers suggest that 'Colony' is probably the best fit!

Fun Facts

Tiny: Feather-tail Gliders are the world’s smallest gliding marsupials and mammals.

1c Coin: Although one of the lesser known Australian animals ,the Feathertail Glider used to be featured on the Australian 1c coin until it was taken out of circulation in 1991.

Tail: Feathertail Gliders have a feather like tail which helps them to glide, steer, brake and anchor themselves.

Glide: They will glide from tree to tree up to 20m at a time, using a thin sheet of skin called a gliding membrane, extending from elbow to knee.

Sticky Feet: They are also very good climbers. With serrated toe pads they can cling on to trees and even vertical glass windows!

Feathertail gliders are the world's smallest gliding marsuipials and mammals, and are native to Australia,

At Taronga:

At Taronga Zoo we have a vast number of Feathertail Gliders which can be viewed in the Nocturnal House and at the Education Centre. At the Education Centre we have 3 males: Starsky, Matty and Dudley.

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Source: 
www.iucnredlist.org
Year assessed: 
2012