Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team
Date: May 26, 2021 8:55 pm
One of the new yellow-bellied gliders at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
Photo Credit: WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
A pair of yellow-bellied gliders have arrived at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo located in Sydney's Darling Harbour. Corymbia and Leia have become the newest residents of the zoo's nightfall habitat which is a nocturnal habitat.
Also known as Fluffy gliders the yellow-bellied glider is listed as vulnerable under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act.
Marina Axia, Keeper at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, says “Corymbia and Leia are currently undergoing regular target training as part of their enrichment. Corymbia is thoroughly enjoying her training which involves the gliders’ favourite treat, a sweet nectar mix.”
“Not only are our new Yellow-Bellied Gliders adorable, social and known for having some of the softest hair of any animal in the world, they can also glide for up to 114 metres, which is longer than a football field,” says Marina.
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The training program for these animals is important in allowing them to participate in their own health care. It means they can take part in weigh-ins voluntarily.
It also helps Corymbia and Leia to bond with keepers which will help them educate guests on how they can protect this threatened native species.
At their weigh-ins keepers can keep track of their health. “From our recent volunteer weigh-in our 3-year-old Corymbia is weighing in at 660g, while 12-year old Leia currently weighs 535g.” says Marina.
Guests can visit WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and meet the two yellow-bellied gliders now. Keepers say the best time to visit is at midday when they are fed.