What is a Yellow-bellied Glider?
The Yellow-bellied Glider is a small arboreal, nocturnal marsupial that is found in the tall eucalypt forests of the Central Coast (NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services, 2003). In New South Wales it is listed as a vulnerable species of the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. The Yellow-bellied Glider lives in long-term family groupings requiring a large home range. As a result large populations are seldom found and are often patchily distributed (NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services, 2003).
What are the major threats to the Yellow-bellied Glider?
According to the National Parks and Wildlife Recovery Plans (2003), the major threats to the Yellow-bellied Gliders survival include:
• Habitat alteration and reduction that causes breaks in movement corridors.
• Loss of denning trees (through fire or clearing for land development).
• Fragmentation of habitat and isolation of populations due to land development.
• Construction and infrastructure barriers, such as roads, which may injure or kill species.
How is Project Habitat helping the Yellow-bellied Glider?
In order to assist this glider species, Project Habitat is working with Central Coast Council to raise awareness through a series of community events. The Boeing sponsored Zoomobile is attending the Kincumber Health and Wellbeing Festival in on Saturday 17th June, held at Brentwood Village. It plans to be a fun, family-friendly day with over 200 stalls. Come by and meet some of our furry and scaly friends - we would love to tell you how you can help them thrive in their natural habitat!
On Saturday 29th July a free community day will also held in Kincumber with the chance to plant some native trees, meet some Australian animals and learn all about the many animals that live in the reserves including Yellow-bellied Gliders. The event will be held in Doyle Street Bushland, Bensville (off The Scenic Road) from 9.30am. Please feel free to come along, amking sure you wear appropriate clothing for the bush.
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 thannk everyone who attended our community event in Kincumber. The day was held on National Tree Day (Sunday 26th July 2015) and was a fun filled day with a free BBQ and some of Taronga’s friendly native animals, including Fergus the Yellow-bellied Glider! We also planted over 400 native trees and shrubs throughout Kincumba Moutain Reserve! Please check out our blog on the day: https://taronga.org.au/news/2015-08-04/tree-planters-pitch-for-gliders
If you missed out, or absolutley loved the day and want to do more, please contact Bushcare@gosford.nsw.gov.au for more information.