Glider cuddle at Aussie Ark
|Conservation organisation, Aussie Ark were thrilled this week to have discovered not only a mother Greater Glider but also her young baby, nestled inside a nest box within their Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary. Over 100 of a planned 1,000 nest boxes were installed at Aussie Ark in the Barrington Tops to provide housing for arboreal species, animals that spend the majority of their life in trees, relying on hollows for shelter and rearing young. The nest boxes were installed as a necessary measure, following historic logging of the property. |
Aussie Ark Ranger Rory Francis says “This great discovery is what keeps us motivated because we love it and want to keep pushing, as it is not everyday you get to see a mum and baby Greater Glider nesting in nest boxes located in our Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary”
“Deforestation and bushfires have robbed this disappearing species of its home. The forest has recovered, but the homes for our wildlife haven’t. So seeing these vulnerable species utilise the homes we have provided for them as an intermediate step, is really special to see” continued Rory.
Greater Gliders are Australia’s largest gliding mammal, which were once abundant along the east coast, but populations have declined by up to 80% in the last 20 years due to logging, land clearing, and the rising threat of bushfires linked to climate change.
Aussie Ark plans to install up to 1,000 nest boxes to help provide homes to Australian wildlife. You can help by donating today. Each nest box costs up to $150 to make and install.
Support Aussie Ark by donating today at http://bit.ly/AARKDonate