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The Queensland Glider Network (QGN) was established in early 2006 to support glider populations by being a statewide hub for communication, education, data collection, mapping, and information exchange.
glider species found in Australia
Australia and parts of South-East Asia are home to the world’s only gliding marsupials. The smallest glider species, the feathertail glider (Acrobates pygmaeus), and the largest, the southern and central greater glider (Petauroides volans), both rely on the eucalypt forests and woodlands of eastern Australia.
Vegetation clearing, along with a climate change-induced increase in the frequency and severity of bushfires, has driven declines in all glider species. However, greater gliders and yellow-bellied gliders (Petaurus australis), which are especially sensitive to habitat disturbance, have suffered the most. Both greater gliders and yellow-bellied gliders are now threatened under Commonwealth and Queensland legislation.
The goal of the QGN is to raise awareness of gliders and their habitat requirements in all Queensland local government areas to improve community knowledge and interest in these fascinating marsupials.
We aim to do this by:
- promoting glider-friendly landscape management
- enhancing habitat within remnant glider populations
- implementing monitoring programs for local glider populations
- working with state and local governments to implement conservation projects, develop programs and support communities in the restoration of habitat
- educating communities and raising awareness of the importance of gliders via workshops, webinars, and spotlighting events
- partnering with numerous landcare and habitat rehabilitation groups to restore vital glider habitat.
QGN is currently working with local councils, landcare and conservation groups on various projects. These include:
- conducting glider and habitat surveys as part of Noosa & District Landcare Group’s greater glider and yellow-bellied glider bushfire recovery in Cooloola project
- conducting glider spotlight and habitat surveys in bushfire-impacted areas of the Lockyer Valley to inform habitat suitability mapping as part of a Healthy Land and Water and Lockyer Uplands Catchment Inc. project.
Additional ongoing QGN activities include:
- spotlighting events
- supporting scientific research
- hands-on school projects
- presentations to youth and community groups
- educational publications.
Revegetate to save our threatened gliders
A Revegetation Guide to the Threatened Gliders of Southern Queensland explains the habitat needs of Queensland’s two largest gliding marsupials — the greater glider and the yellow-bellied glider — and what you can do to help them, particularly in regions affected by the 2019–2020 bushfires.
To view the guide:
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- Use the RIGHT and LEFT arrows to move forward or back.
- Click on the DOWNLOAD button (cloud and arrow) to download a PDF.
Latest QGN news
Wildlife Queensland has launched its Christmas appeal to raise funds for a new Greater Glider project. This initiative aims to collect crucial data on greater gliders’ habitat preferences and movement patterns, contributing to the conservation efforts for this endangered species.
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The devastating impact of bushfires on gliders has raised urgent concerns about the future of these remarkable creatures.