Sugar glider, Petaurus breviceps
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Class: Mammalia — mammals
Order: Diprotodontia — koala, wombats, possums and gliders, kangaroos, wallabies
Family: Petauridae — lesser gliders, striped possum, Leadbeater’s possum
Genus: Petaurus — lesser gliders
Species: Petaurus breviceps* — sugar glider
*Note: May be several species. Additional research needed.
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Many thanks to Dr. Ross Goldingay for providing expert content review of this fact sheet.
Dr. Goldingay, Associate Professor in the School of Environment, Science, and Engineering at Southern Cross University, Lismore, is a wildlife ecologist who has extensively studied the biology of gliding mammals. In his early research, he conducted experiments that revealed sugar gliders to be important pollinators. He has also conducted research on glider habitat use, population ecology and genetics, communication, parental care, physiology, and locomotion.
Much of Dr. Goldingay’s research relates to the protection of threated species. He has conducted numerous studies to assess the impacts of habitat loss on wildlife behavior and population health. He has led longer-term studies to evaluate whether gliders use artificial nest boxes (as substitute tree hollows), as well as whether the installation of wooden poles and rope bridges enables gliders to safely cross roads. To learn more about Dr. Goldingay, view his research profile and publications.
In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Goldingay is editor of Australian Mammalogy, the journal of the Australian Mammal Society.
Thank you to Dr. Stephen Jackson for providing helpful suggestions for the taxonomy content of this fact sheet.
Dr. Jackson is an internationally recognized scientist, who has made seminal contributions to the field of Australian mammalogy. He is the author of nrenowned books, including Gliding Mammals of the World, Australian Mammals: Biology and Captive Management, and Taxonomy of Australian Mammals.
Thank you to Alyssa Warren for providing expert content review of the Husbandry section of this fact sheet.
As an animal handler at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Ms. Warren gives Park visitors engaging, close encounters with wildlife. Prior to working at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, Ms. Warren worked as a marine mammal trainer.