Glider and Koala Poles

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Glider Poles are usually erected for the sugar glider, squirrel glider and also the endangered mahogany glider.  The reason for glider poles are for the little gliders that do not run along the ground but live in the trees and glide from tree to tree.  Therefore, they have trouble getting across any roads or highways, as they never travel across the ground.  Usually the distance that they glide is around 25 – 30 metres.  This is why, when we put the glider poles in the ground, they are usually set up reasonably high around 20 metres, depending on how far they need to glide across the road either, onto another gliding pole or into trees.  Sometimes they might land half way down the glider pole and then make their way to the top and off they go again.  As they glide they lose altitude.  The mahogany glider’s habitat is Glider resting poleusually in the north east of Queensland up around the Cardwell area.

Sometimes the distance across the roads are more than 30 meters, therefore we build a box rope ladder crossing that the gliders sometimes will land on, which allows them to rest and then continue along the box rope ladder crossing.   Usually they travel along the top of the crossing but when in danger from a predator (e.g. hawk) the box rope crossing is designed for them to ‘zip in’ and travel along the inside so they cannot be attacked.

Koala Resting Poles are poles designed with a fork in for the koala to rest on.  Koalas travel mainly along logs, they do travel across the ground but would prefer to travel on a log railing.  They feel much safer and they are away from wild dogs and foxes.  They cannot travel too far without having a rest.   When we put in our log railing under the bridges through the culverts under the road, we usually erect a Koala resting pole  every 10 metres.  Usually the timber that we use to build the log railings and Koala resting poles is from out of the vicinity or bush area from where they are living.

Fauna Log Culvert CrossingResting Poles