What is a Squirrel Glider?
The Squirrel Glider is a small arboreal, nocturnal marsupial sparsely distributed throughout eastern Australia (Office Environment and Heritage, 2014). In New South Wales it is listed as a vulnerable species of the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. Squirrel Gliders live in small family groupings and require abundant tree hollows for refuge and nest sites (Office Environment and Heritage, 2014). Increasing degradation of habitat has resulted in losses of hollow-bearing trees which may negatively affect the distribution and range of the Squirrel Glider species (Office Environment and Heritage, 2014).
What are the major threats to the Squirrel Glider?
According to the Office of Environment and Heritage, Squirrel Gliders are subject to a number of threatening processes including:
- Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation.
- Loss of hollow-bearing trees used as refuge and nest sites.
- Loss of flowering shrubs in forests.
- Feral honey bees and exotic birds taking over tree hollows.
- Barbed wire fences impeding gliding and resulting in casualties.
How is Project Habitat helping the Squirrel Glider?
Project Habitat is working alongside the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative, an organisation aiming to protect, restore and reconnect habitat while raising community awareness of threatened native flora and fauna found along the Great Eastern Dividing Range. Together we have established sites in the Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala region needing restoration in order to assist the Squirrel Glider.
A community tree planting day is being planned for the middle of the year along with various other community awareness activities. As further details become available regarding these events, this site will be updated accordingly.
What can you do to help?
The best way for you to help is through our action list – by helping out with just 1 of the 4 actions, you will be helping our native species recover in the wild!
If you would like to do more, why not consider building a nest box in your backyard? These are relatively easy to make and can provide a safe habitat for Gliders, as well as other native species! Please download one of our wildlife backyard factsheets below.
We would also like to thank everyone in Trunkey Creek and Crookwell/Roslyn for taking part in the Glideways events held in 2015. The day was a great success with representatives from Taronga Zoo, National Parks and Wildlife Services, Local Land Services and Office of Environment and Heritage all running workshops to educate primary schools in the local area on how to take care of local wildlife. To read more of what happened, please check out the blog written by one of our Taronga staff members who was present on the day: