Breeding season is underway for one of the Territory’s threatened species, the Greater Glider Possum.
Measuring in at up to a metre long from head to tail, the Greater Glider is Australia’s largest gliding possum, but ongoing habitat loss and extensive fire damage has led to a decline in species numbers throughout Australia.
Now, as the species begins its annual breeding season, the ACT Parks and Conservation service is calling on Canberrans to keep their eyes out for the cute and cuddly creatures.
The Gilders have previously been spotted throughout the Tidbinbilla and Namadgi National parks, but Fire Ecologist, Brian Hawkins said there’s still so much to learn about the species.
“There’s so much that we don’t understand about what drivers their distribution and how they’re quite common in some places and much less common in others that look pretty much the same.”
Mr Hawkins is asking locals who do catch a glimpse of the possums to take a snap and upload it to the Canberra Nature Map website as the team works to better understand and enhance conservation efforts across the Territory.
“If anyone sees a Greater Glider and is able to get a photo then they can upload that to the Canberra nature map and that will be really useful information for us to understand where these animals occur.”
“The better that we are able to better understand exactly where they are found and where they’re not found, the better we’ll be able to protect their habitat.”
You can check out the Canberra Nature Map here.