It’s been a busy week for me from the start of the Pet World Malaysia Pet Expo till today. Back to college, I’m trying to get back into the rhythm of studying.
Anyway, the Pet World exhibition was really good. We manage to educate many people, both local and foreign. Swell job, even to Emino, who did a wonderful thing by bringing his gliders and Explorium along. Once I get some pictures, I will update on an entry about the event.
Here is a question from a fellow reader:
Heys, I’m extremely interested in these little marsupials.. I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now and have read your whole blog starting from the first post. xD I still hope to learn more, like why did your Keera try to rub the male’s scent on her? Was she trying to be Gip Gip’s? And Sugar Gliders are defined as social animals, yet they don’t mate for life? Or do they?
Sorry about the questions, I am aware that they have nothing to do with keeping them, but I think that the more we understand them, the more we can cater to their needs. And I find them very fasinating and hope to be a Suger Glider owner one day…
Thank you for the comment. I don’t mind answering questions, be it on the phone, through emails or smses but it is best through email as I can put down more detail.
Keera is normally not friendly to other gliders but somehow she got this liking for Gip Gip…. and Gip Gip doesn’t like other gliders, so it was funny to see how Keera wanted to be Gip Gip’s girl. Keera already has a mate, Kuno so I too found it odd. Anyway, we can’t understand what goes on in a glider’s mind. Gliders are social creatures. In the wild, they have like a dominant male and a dominant female in a group, with a few females and young males in it. Only the dominant male mates. The social group can be anywhere from 5 to 14 gliders. They do not mate for life so if we have a pair and one of the glider dies, it is best to introduce another glider to them as soon as possible to avoid depression.
At SuggiesAtHome, I let them be paired for life if possible. It is not right to have 3 females to 1 male in a cage. Firstly, they would be some issues like joey snatching and cannibalism. Female gliders can be jealous of one another when joeys and breeding is involved. Another reason would be the space. In the wild gliders have huge open areas of trees and greenery, so if there is a squabble or fight, they can easily escape from one another. In captivity, we shouldn’t overcrowd gliders in small cages, unless you can build a huge bird aviary then that would be another thing. If we are breeding them, I find 1 male to 1 female is the best. The most important thing about gliders is that when they breed and have joeys, the male plays an important part. He babysits and cleans the joeys, keeps them safe like how a human dad would. That is another reason why we should never separate the male once the female has joeys.
Sugar gliders are indeed facinating. I wish I have a net book with me so that it would be easier for me to update my blog while at college or away. Anyway, stay tuned for new entries.