Permeability of the urban matrix to arboreal gliding mammals: Sugar gliders in Melbourne, Australia
Fiona M Caryl, Katrina Thomson, Rodney van der Ree
Austral Ecology | WILEY | Published : 2013
Habitat corridors that facilitate functional connectivity are a fundamental component of wildlife conservation in fragmented landscapes. However, the landscape matrix separating suitable habitat is not uniformly impermeable to movement and management to increase matrix permeability could be an alternative means to maintain connectivity. Gliding mammals are particularly sensitive to fragmentation because their movements are constrained by glide distance thresholds. Populations of gliders in cities are at risk of being isolated by increasing habitat loss and urban development, yet little is known about how the urban matrix affects glider movement. Here we investigate how the level of urbanizat..View full abstract
We thank numerous volunteers who assisted with the trapping and radio-tracking of sugar gliders, and local residents who allowed us access to their properties. Parks Victoria, Knox Environment Society, Monash City Council and The Baker Foundation provided funds for this research. Fieldwork was approved by the University of Melbourne Animal Ethics Committee (05021) and Flora and Fauna Permit number 10004540.