Gliders of Royal National Park

Sugar glider

Sugar glider

As the darkness falls, Royal National Park transforms into a different world. Flying foxes take to the sky, micro bats dart between the crowns of mighty eucalypts, owls hoot from their roosts and frogs break into a chorus of courtship calls.

A crushing sound in the tree nearby announces the arrival of a Sugar glider(Petaurus breviceps) that leapt over from a neighboring tree in search of tree sap and nectar. These adorable marsupials are able to glide over distances of up to 100 meters – the length of a football field! The glider’s close relative, a Ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus), watches the acrobatics display in quiet fascination.

Sugar glider

Sugar glider

Ringtail possum

Ringtail possum

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