Sugar Glider - Petaurus breviceps
The Sugar Glider can occupy any area where there are tree hollows for shelter and sufficient food.
native to eastern and northern mainland Australia, New Guinea, and the Bismarck Archipelago, and introduced to Tasmania.
The fur is generally pearl Grey, with black and cream patches on the underbelly and black or grey ears. The tail tapers only moderately and the last quarter of it is black, often with a dark tip. The muzzle is short and rounded.
The Sugar Glider is around 6.3 to 7.5 inches in length, with a tail almost as long as the body and almost as thick as a human thumb, and weighs between 3 to 5.3 oz.
Live in groups of 15-30
Up to 15 years in captivity
Its diet varies considerably with both geography and the changing seasons, but the main items are the sap of acacias and certain Eucalyptus, nectar, pollen, and arthropods.
In the more temperate south, breeding starts in mid-winter (June or July). In the north, there seems to be no particular breeding season. Two young per female is typical; they remain in the pouch for about 70 days, and after leaving it stays inside the nest for another 40 or 50 days, then begin to forage outside, usually under the care of the mother. The young are normally ejected from the group territory at 7 to 10 months of age.
Of least concern in the wild according to IUCN.
- Sugar Glider can glide for a surprisingly long distance — flights have been measured at over 165 feet.
- Close relatives such as Leatherbeater’s Possum and Mohagany Glider are endangered
- Cannot own them as pets in Pennsylvania and California
- Adult (13 and over)$9.00
- Children (3 - 12)$5.25
- Children (2 and under)Free
- Seniors (65+)$8.00
We begin transferring animals to evening (off exhibit) holding at 4:30 each night.
Open Daily 10:00-5:00
Last admission at 4:30