Bad news: The Greater Glider, Australia’s largest (and fluffiest) gliding possum is under threat of extinction.
Good news: It has recently been added to the threatened list of Victoria’s Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (FFGA)
After decades of decline and zero government interest or surveys, the clear evidence is that local extinctions of the Greater Glider are happening. It’s still in decline due to ongoing threats like clearfelling its habitat, planned burns and destruction of hollow-bearing trees that are essential for its survival. Like the Koala, the Greater Glider eats gum leaves and has a small home range. It won’t leave after its home area is cut down. The glider has an affinity for its known trees and hollows. It starves or is killed by predators once its forest or trees are destroyed.