The greater glider, sadly listed as a vulnerable species in May 2016, has been spotted by Wildlife Queensland in the Redlands area on more than one occasion recently.
During spotlighting walks in September and October, the Queensland Glider Network and its volunteers were excited to spot four different individual greater gliders: two in the Greater Glider Conservation Area and the remaining two in the Bayview Conservation Area.
Proudly funded by Redlands City Council as part of the Community Grants Program, ‘Spotting Gliders in the Redlands: a nocturnal survey of two Redlands Conservation Areas’ has allowed the Queensland Glider Network to venture out and survey a region historically known for its glider populations.
“It was fantastic to spot these particular gliders, and especially exciting for the volunteers who participated,” said WPSQ Senior Projects Manager Matt Cecil. “As a shy, nocturnal species, greater gliders can be difficult for the untrained eye to see.”
These findings are significant to the region and shed light on other preservation reserves in south-east Queensland, especially considering the increasing pressures of climate change and rapid urbanisation.
“Greater glider populations appear to be in decline across the southern range. It’s encouraging to see the species persisting in the Redlands region,” said Matt.
Wildlife Queensland will continue to focus its efforts on the greater glider, dedicating its next species-focussed funding appeal to this vulnerable gliding mammal.