It’s the hottest ticket in town

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

WIN­TER vis­i­tors to Perth Zoo are in for a treat, with the zoo cel­e­brat­ing the birth of seven feath­er­tail glid­ers – the small­est glid­ing mam­mals in the world.

Feather-tail glid­ers are the size of a grain of rice when they are born, and fully grown they are about the size of a small mouse.

They are of­ten mis­taken for mice, but a close look re­veals a spe­cial mem­brane that stretches from their front feet to the back feet, al­low­ing them to glide up to 20m.

An­other clever fea­ture is the glid­ers’ sticky feet, with ser­rated toe pads let­ting them eas­ily climb trees.

The glid­ers can be seen in Perth Zoo’s noc­tur­nal house – one of the ideal places in the zoo to warm up on a chilly win­ter day.

Other places to keep the cold at bay are the Ko­modo Dragon ex­hibit, heated to a toasty 45C, Simmo the es­tu­ar­ine croc­o­dile’s heated pool and the Rep­tile House – heated to a very com­fort­able 22C.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group is giv­ing away five fam­ily passes to the Perth Zoo next school hol­i­days for read­ers of this news­pa­per.

Go to com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au to en­ter.

One of Perth Zoo's in­fant feather-tail glid­ers.

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