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By Australian Geographic May 6, 2020 Reading Time: < 1

An estimated 26 per cent of the greater glider population in East Gippsland, Victoria, was killed in the 2019–2020 bushfire catastrophe, when more than 1.5 million ha of Victoria’s bushland burned.

This is a devastating blow to the population of the already threatened species.

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The Victorian National Parks Association hopes to secure habitat for the surviving greater gliders by launching a campaign to protect Wombat State Forest, the westernmost part of the species’ range.

Being designated state forest, it can be logged at any time. But the campaign hopes to protect the forest by proposing that it be turned into a new national park.

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