About five years ago two furry little morsels arrived at Thala in the hands of an amazing wildlife carer who had rescued the orphaned baby Sugar Gliders, while still hairless, and raised them to a stage where they could be released into the wild. I would think this a heart rending part of the job of a wildlife carer, however rewarding a good outcome would certainly be. Thala Beach Lodge was chosen as their home in the wild. Newly named Doogle and Zebedee, we all watched entranced as they bounced up the silver -white bark of a Poplar Gum.
These amazing little animals are native to Australia, and have taken their name from their ability to glide through the air and their love of sweet things such as sugar. The flowering eucalyptus trees at Thala provide an abundance of sweet nectar. They feed at night and are also rather fond of insects and the sap from the eucalyptus trees.
Sugar Gliders are delightful small creatures with shiny grey-silver coats. Doogle and Zebedee showed all the promise of being incredibly handsome. When fully grown they would get to be around 40 cm’s long from nose to tail, and weigh just 150 grams.
They can glide through the air and move about very efficiently from tree to tree. Amazingly these gorgeous little animals can glide through the air for up to 100 meters! When they glide, they spread their arms and legs stretching the loose flaps of skin out and float down to their landing. Using their long tail to help steer through the air.
Sugar Glider’s nest in a hollow of a tree, or in a nest made of twigs and leaves. A number of Sugar Gliders will inhabit the same nest.
They are quite secretive little animals and the sighting of a Sugar Glider at Thala is cause for great celebration knowing they would almost certainly be members of Doogle and Zebedee’s new family.