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Sugar Glider

The sugar glider is a member of the marsupial family, native to Australia. They are well known for their ability to glide through the air - which is what gives them their name.

About sugar gliders

Common NameSugar Glider
Scientific NamePetaurus breviceps
Native toAustralia, Indonesia & New Guinea - also introduced to Tasmania
Natural HabitatMostly forested areas, including rain forests
DietOmnivorous - eating insects, plant exudates (like gum and sap), flowers, pollen, seeds, eggs and fruit
Life Expectancy12-15 years
Conservation StatusLeast Concern (3.1)

About our sugar gliders

We have a group of over 20 sugar gliders. Our male sugar gliders have arrived in 2016, and came from another Askham Bryan College centre, and belonged to Tropical World in Leeds before that. Our female sugar gliders were part of the college collection before the wildlife park opened. We have bred quite a lot of sugar gliders recently!

How we care for our sugar gliders

Our sugar gliders are housed in a large enclosure in our nocturnal zone.

Their exhibit is kept on a reverse light cycle, with red lighting and a few white light 'moonlight' spot lights during the day, and full lighting overnight.

Their enclosure has artificial rockwork to create a complex and varied environment.

The sugar gliders are fed a variety of fruits, vegetables, honey, gum and invertebrates.

How you can help sugar gliders

Whilst wild sugar gliders are not threatened at present, they are an understudied species and more research is needed to identify subspecies and find out what affects wild populations.

If you're inspired to help sugar gliders in the wild we'd suggest studying to be able to research wild populations - you could become the next world expert in sugar gliders!