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The greater glider is the most recent Australian animal to be listed as endangered.
The world’s largest gliding marsupial has seen its population decline by 80 per cent in two decades due to logging, land clearing and catastrophic bushfires.
On the back of its endangered listing, conservationists called for Australia’s nature laws to be strengthened.
“Australia will lose this species unless we strengthen laws to protect their homes and cease logging native forests,” WWF-Australia’s Dr Kita Ashman said.
“We must transition towards certified plantations if we are to give these amazing creatures a fighting chance for the future.”
Greater gliders can glide up to 100 metres through forest canopies. They nest in the hollows of old trees and, like koalas, they mostly eat eucalypt leaves.