These little feathertail gliders are the latest addition to the Macadamia Castle and are sure to be a hit this holiday.
These little feathertail gliders are the latest addition to the Macadamia Castle and are sure to be a hit this holiday. Marc Stapelberg

Tiny trio newest addition to Macca Castle

A TRIO of tiny feathertail gliders is the newest addition to the Macadamia Castle's growing collection of animals.

The minuscule marsupials will go on exhibition from Friday, just in time for the NSW school holidays.

Macadamia Castle owner Tony Gilding said they would go on exhibition each afternoon as part of the bird show which starts at 12.15pm.

"We're going to bring out the little feathertail gliders and let people have a look at them and explain how cool these guys are," he said.

"Taronga Zoo has been breeding them and they were looking for some people who were interested in taking on a new exhibit and we were lucky enough to be chosen by them.

"They're quite a difficult exhibit to show because they're nocturnal and because they're so tiny and they're very shy.

"It's taken us a while to work out how best to explain them to people."

Mr Gilding said the gliders, which are only the size of a 50 cent piece, would be brought out in a wooden box with a glass lid for people to view.

He said like all the Macadamia Castle animal shows, the glider exhibition would be followed by a talk about the importance of conservation.

"One of the things we talk about at the bird show is the importance of having nest boxes and native species (of plants) to enablethings like the feathertail glider, which they may not ever see, to flourish in their yard," he said.

"So we talk about pulling camphor laurels down and replacing them with native trees and as part of our bird show now we're selling, very cheaply, native saplings that people can take home and put in their garden as a positive step.

"And we're just blown away in this area by how easy it is to replace your camphor laurels and how soon after that you start to get a whole bunch of bird species that you've never seen before."



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