It’s the hottest ticket in town
WINTER visitors to Perth Zoo are in for a treat, with the zoo celebrating the birth of seven feather-tail 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.