The Mahogany Glider (Petaurus gracilis) is an endangered species and one of Australia's most threatened mammals. It is only found in a very small area of north Queensland, in a narrow band of open, wet sclerophyll woodlands (not rainforest) in the Wet Tropics between Ingham and Tully.
Threats to the Mahogany Glider
- Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation
- Intensive grazing and weed invasion
- Barbed wire fencing
- Extreme climatic events including cyclones and wildfires
Legislation protecting the Mahogany Glider
- International: Listed as 'endangered' on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
- Australia: Listed as 'endangered' under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and ranked as a critical priority under the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection species prioritisation framework.
- Queensland: Listed as 'endangered' under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act
What is Terrain doing to help?
The Mahogany Glider is at serious risk of further decline towards extinction so immediate and on-going management of this species and its habitat is required.
Terrain is working with a variety of organisations involved in the Mahogany Glider Recovery Team. These include the Department of Environment, Department of Environment & Heritage Protection, Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, Queensland Parks & Wildlife Services, Girringun Aboriginal Corporation, Transport and Main Roads, Powerlink, HQ plantations, Cassowary Coast Regional Council and many more.
Some of the projects Terrain has been involved with include:
- Installation of wildlife friendly fencing
- Revegetation of priority corridors
- Implementation of appropriate fire regimes
- Establishment of glider pole arrays
- Weed control to reduce woody thickening so the gliders can move easily between trees
- Monitoring and on-going data collection
- Development of educational materials for schools
Links of interest
- Mahogany Glider Recovery Plan
- Recovery Plan Story Map
- Mahogany gliders in planning schemes guideline
- Revegetation in Mahogany Glider habitat