Next time you’re road-tripping along the east coast, keep an eye out for a little-known Aussie invention piercing the skyline: glide poles. For Australia’s gliding possums, or gliders, they’re the next best thing since tall trees.
In a showdown rivalling Samson and Goliath, Australia’s largest flying mammal, the greater glider, has an epic battle on its hands as the logging industry continues to threaten its habitat in Victoria’s central west.
Since greater gliders were listed as ‘vulnerable’ we’ve destroyed more of their habitat.
The greater glider population in the NSW Blue Mountains has more than halved after the 2019-20 bushfire season and prolonged drought and heatwaves.
Greater gliders are under threat from habitat destruction. Here’s how can you help.
Rather than merely climb, some ingenious possums have taken to the air to swoop between the trees of Australian forests.
Part of the ringtail possum family, this greater glider lacks the typical prehensile tail