home print
home links print donate now join now join now
conservation wildlife projects news magazine what's on about support us contact us
conservation wildlife projects news magazine what's on about us support us contact us
home -> news -> mahogany glider
Budget boost for Queensland environment
All support QLD Cash for Containers
Imagining a plastic free future
EnviroGrant for Quoll Seekers
Brisbane Airport fire ant notification
A brighter future
WPSQ welcomes NSW win
A speedy recovery
Thinking plastic free this WED
All eyes on our platypus
Spot Me so far
What's changed?
Healthy nature - healthy people
No waste Games
Do you care about wildlife?
Voiceless macropod campaign
World Wildlife Day
Detection dogs: Landline seeks our two cents'
Plastics Roundtable
Cash for containers makes big splash
North Stradbroke needs your help!
Queensland Reserve System - a new way forward
Natural gift for learning
Serving wallabies at the Taunton Cafe
Action for North Stradbroke Island
Detection dogs: changing the landscape of conservation
Year of the WPSQ volunteer
Totally Wild! about gliders
SPOT ME success
A plastic bag free Queensland
Partnership with UQ continues
Hope for North Stradbroke Island
WPSQ launches new project
Bushland destruction continues
Querying nest boxes
New water plan for GAB
Squirrel gliders hang on in Brisbane’s north
Wildlife matters
State land framework facing change
Helium balloons not a hit
WPSQ's 'Top 10'
New Threatened Species Strategy
Waste update: we're winning!
Positive action on biosecurity
National parks exceed five percent
Caught on camera
There are platypuses near Brisbane?
Time to toughen biosecurity
War on waste takes in tyres
More for Moreton Bay
Busy times: no complaints
100 days to do the right thing
Help in hand for the nailtail
Becoming a Friend of Taunton
Conservation across cultures
Miles ahead already
Marine reserves' fate delayed
Another bite out of croc rights
Labor’s environmental commitments – election 2015
The LNP’s environmental commitments – election 2015
The Greens’ environmental commitments – election 2015
Join our campaign For a Plastic Bag Free Queensland
Commonwealth marine reserves put at risk by review
Is wildlife trending?
Funds handed over for Mary River turtle
More axes taken to environmental protections
Voice of the platypus finally heard
Abbott Government’s impact: time to express concerns
Will the Reef 2050 Plan save the Great Barrier Reef?
More platypus die in battle
Further Scrutiny of Australia’s environment
Huge win for the Reef
North Stradbroke Native Title
LOLA another blow to the environment
Queensland Feral Animal Strategy
Fraser Island Dingo Strategy
Government to reduce community rights?
Offsets under review
Reviving the amazing Mary River Turtle
More protection for koalas
Plastic bag free March
It pays to speak out
Commonwealth limits access to courts
Climate Change day of action
Mining continues on North Straddie
Winner - Cover of the Year
The Great Extinctiton Debate 2013
Federal Election - changed climate
Batty Boat Cruises 2013-2014
Closer to Environmental Disaster
Bird paradise at risk
National or recreational parks in Queensland?
Student Research Grants - 2013
Opera house traps continue to kill
Rare fungi feeder hops into limelight
Are Plant Species at Risk?
Congratulations Professor Possingham
Great Barrier Reef at risk!
New Wild dog check fence
Protect our national parks - NOT ON!
Government land tenure in Queensland
Give a Gift to Wildlife Queensland
Grazing on Parks: questions to be asked
Power to protect our national parks!
Grazing on Parks: where is the science?
Government Action to Protect Wildlife
The swing of the pendulum
Mothers Day Vigil
Power to Move on Flying Fox camps
Job opportunity at Wildlife Queensland!
Quoll Seeking Success!
Biodiversity concern or electioneering?
Has 'Can-Do' Campbell gone batty?
Biosecurity Bill 2012 Delayed
Community support curlews of Coochie
Qld Government encourages Shale Oil
Coral Sea Marine Reserve – a step closer
Action on the Fisheries Front
Proposed EPBC Act Amendments
An Environmental Valentine
Silt threatens Moreton Bay
Green Zone fishing push rejected
Comment on Coral Sea management plan
The social dimensions of feeding wildlife
Showcasing Australian Conservation
Nature Conservation update
Helping conservation in Vietnam
Council of Australian Governments Meeting
What is the Federal Government thinking?
Nature Conservation amendment bill
Mahogany Glider update
PlatypusWatch update
Grey Cross campaign update
Largest Network of marine reserves
Pied imperial-pigeon monitoring project
The Grey Cross Bats Campaign
Death by Barbed Wire
Koala Funding Boost
Failing to protect Woondum National Park
Environment and the Qld Government
Marine Reserves Update
Flying Foxes Targeted
Threatened Species Day
Talking Wildlife - Visual Summaries
Qld Government to allow shooting of bats
Quolls under threat near Warwick
Threatened Species Day: 7 September
Myrtle Rust - help reduce its impact
Surviving the Magpie Season
Government land tenure inquiry
DestinationQ - but what about nature?
Conservation projects with a bright future
EDO faces financial challenge
Friends of Taunton National Park
The Future for Flying Foxes
Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage at Risk
New Weeds of National Significance
Nathan Dam back on the agenda
Two major Queensland water projects
The vulnerable koala: are we in time?
previous news articles...
Inaction threatens mahogany glider - December 2008

Stoney, the only captive-bred mahogany glider
returned successfully to the wild.
Photo © Daryl Dickson

The Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland is appalled that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recovery plan for the endangered mahogany glider (Petaurus gracilis) that was written in 2000 and updated in 2007 has not been acted upon. The lack of action is putting this glider species – numbering fewer than 1500 individuals in a small area of Far North Queensland – at risk of extinction.

The mahogany glider has been categorised as 'Critical' under Back on Track, the EPA's at-risk species prioritisation program.

'Back on Track appears to be ensuring that threatened species like the mahogany glider are on track to become extinct,' said Simon Baltais, President of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland.

Wildlife Queensland is preparing to write to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to ask the organisation to take action on behalf of the mahogany glider.

'Our State authority has not been able to act adequately,' said Simon Baltais. 'We will not get another chance to rediscover the mahogany glider.'
The IUCN recently categorised the mahogany glider as 'Endangered and in decline' in its 'Red List' global summary of endangered wildlife.

Daryl Dickson, mahogany glider recovery expert and WPSQ Tully Branch member, has written to the Sustainability Minister, Andrew McNamara, to voice her extreme concern at the plight of the species and to question the value of actions that are supposed to support the mahogany glider.

'To create the illusion of working towards conservation and recovery while quietly watching a species slide towards extinction is unconscionable,' said Daryl, who was responsible for the only successful release so far of a captive-bred mahogany glider.

Daryl Dickson has immediate concerns about the welfare of mahogany gliders that are about to be released into the wild by EPA.

In her letter to Minister McNamara, she criticised the proposed release of two pairs of captive-bred mahogany gliders without proper preparation into an area that will expose them to known dangers such as main roads, barbed wire and predators.

'We have an ethical obligation to ensure that the projects we undertake…are beneficial for the species…this project does not meet those criteria,' she says.

On 6 December 1989 Dr Steve van Dyck of Queensland Museum found the first live specimen of the mahogany glider for 100 years. Previously the species was only known from some skins in the Museum's store. After 'Gracie' the glider was found at Barratts Lagoon, south east of Tully, a number of the species were identified but only in a small area between Tully and Ingham. Approximately 80% of their habitat has been cleared for agriculture, forestry and residential development.

For more information on Wildlife Queensland's activities, call us on +61 7 3221 0194 or send us an email.