The yellow-bellied glider is a large, but rarely seen, and secretive glider species. They are classed as vulnerable in NSW. They are still found in small patches in the Eurobodalla Shire.
WIRES Mid South Coast branch have had three gliders in care in the last three months which is very unusual.
“These animals are so secretive we usually only get one into our care each year. This year with all the added pressures of the bushfire and the decimation of their habitats, we have had three recently,” said Chairperson Sandy Collins.
Of the three one was an adult with badly burnt feet. The other two gliders were juveniles who were still milk dependent.
“Luckily for us we have had great support from our local vets and our carers with all the burnt animals that have come into care after the bushfires. The burnt glider needed daily bandage changes and special burn cream applied,” said Mrs Collins.
Two have returned to the wild. The final juvenile is being prepared for release next week. These animals are unique in a lot of ways. Their food requirements and nest boxes are particular to their species.
“We had an amazing offer from the WIRES South branch working with a wood working shed in Sydney to make the specific nest boxes these gliders required whilst in care. Without this combined effort,” Sandy Collins said.
Juvenille yellow bellied glider in care (photo Sandy Collins)
Three unique yellow bellied glider nest boxes (photo Sandy Collins)