Dear Friend of Wildlife
Did you know that Queensland is home to all seven of Australia’s glider species, six of them in the southeast of the state?
These amazing tree-dwelling marsupials have distinctive membranes of skin that stretch between their front and hind legs, allowing them to glide between 30-100 metres from tree to tree to forage by night and shelter in hollow-bearing trees during the day.
clearing and fragmentation of habitat resulting in loss of tree hollows pose very serious threats to our glider population.
Habitat loss and fragmentation are viewed as two of the most serious threats to biodiversity worldwide.
Squirrel gliders in the Scenic Rim Region of South East Queensland are currently facing a substantial loss of habitat connectivity resulting in isolation from other populations. This poses a significant threat to their long-term survival.
In fact, the squirrel glider is listed as Vulnerable in New South Wales.
They are Threatened in Victoria.
They are Endangered in South Australia.
I fear that our South East Queensland squirrel gliders will share the same fate as their brothers and sisters in NSW, Victoria and South Australia if we don’t take immediate action to minimise the threats they face.
Future collapse of local squirrel glider populations is likely unless habitat connectivity is maintained or restored. Landscape management must occur on a fine-scale to avert the erosion of biodiversity.
NOW, there is an opportunity
to restore squirrel glider habitat and link isolated glider populations in identified key areas of habitat loss and fragmentation in the Scenic Rim, thus enabling their long-term survival.
What’s exciting is ... we already know where the squirrel gliders are and what needs to be done!
Wildlife Queensland Scenic Rim Branch has been surveying to learn where squirrel gliders can be found within the Scenic Rim local government area since 2016.
Our activities have brought together members of the local community to learn about gliders, their biology, threats and conservation requirements through a series of workshops and spotlighting surveys.
Armed with the resultant data, the Wildlife Queensland Scenic Rim team is ready to build corridors and remove barriers for our squirrel gliders!
In partnership with the Scenic Rim Council, we are ready to take the following required action in 2019:
- Connect isolated bushland habitat patches between Kooralbyn and Christmas Creek.
- Install glider poles to assist movement between isolated habitat patches and/or across roads.
- Plant trees to improve the size and quality of habitat patches and create and improve corridors.
- Install nest boxes to provide denning opportunities in patches and corridors.
Will you join us?
By 31 March, Wildlife Queensland aims to raise $15,000 for the restoration of squirrel glider habitat in the Scenic Rim Region in South East Queensland.
Please, will you help us take the required action to enable the long-term survival of this iconic native species?
It’s not too late!
With your help, we can restore squirrel glider habitat and link isolated glider populations in the Scenic Rim Region.
Together, we can help them GLIDE, SURVIVE AND THRIVE!
President, Wildlife Queensland
P.S. It only takes a minute in the present to help change the future forever for the squirrel gliders of the Scenic Rim Region. YOU can help them glide, survive and thrive – right now!
 Goldingay, R.L & Harrison, K.A et al (2013). Fine-scale genetic response to landspace change in a gliding mammal.