Greater glider facts

Common name: Greater glider
Aboriginal names: Poong-goong, Warnda
Scientific name: Petauroides volans, Petauroides minor and Petauroides armillatus
Population: Declining
Endangered status: Endangered (Qld), Vulnerable (national)

Greater glider baby
Photo: Doug Gimesy

Is the Greater glider endangered?

  • Once ruling our tree-tops along the east coast of Australia, Greater gliders are currently listed as vulnerable. 
  • Populations have declined by 80% in just 20 years. 
  • As old growth forests and tree hollows continue to be destroyed by bushfires and land-clearing, Greater gliders numbers continue to crash.

What are the biggest threats to the Greater glider?

  • Greater gliders love a tree hollow. This is where they spend their days, and they like to spread themselves among a few hollows, up to 20 in some cases. 
  • Without old growth forests and the hollows found in those established trees to call home, Greater gliders cannot survive.
  • Tree clearing, forest destruction, bushfires and climate change are placing Greater glider populations at risk. 

How far can a Greater glider glide?

  • Greater gliders can glide up to 100 metres! 
  • They have some other curious traits too. Like big ears and extra fluffy fur that makes them look bigger than they really are. 
  • Researchers also believe they communicate with each other through scent marking rather than sounds. In fact, they don’t make loud sounds at all.

Where can I see a Greater glider?

  • Spotting a Greater glider takes a keen night eye and good spotlighting skills. 
  • Once widespread they still live in some healthy forests along eastern Australia, southern Queensland and southeastern New South Wales, as well as in the Victorian Central Highlands.

Greater glider in tree
Photo: ACF

The Greater glider is missing in the wild

We can’t imagine an Australia without the Greater glider.

But gliders are missing in the wild. Because our leaders are missing in action.

That’s why we’re pushing for strong laws to better protect them and all of Australia’s incredible wildlife.

The Morrison Government is trying to make disastrous changes to our environment laws that will make them even weaker — pushing our animals closer to the brink of extinction.

Australia holds the world record for the most mammal extinctions in the world. The latest report from IUCN's Red List shows we are the 5th worst country for animal extinctions globally, and the 6th worst for the number of species listed as endangered and critically endangered. 

We need laws that actually protect nature, including strong outcome-focused environmental standards and an independent regulator to oversee decision-making.

Speak up for the Greater glider

Add your voice to the petition to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Environment Minister Sussan Ley, asking them to support ambitious global goals for nature to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and achieve a Nature Positive world by 2030 — and invite your friends to raise their voice to nature too. 

Australia must work with other nations to deliver ambitious global goals for nature to halt and reverse biodiversity destruction and set us on a path to a nature-positive world. 


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