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Petaurus brevicepsSugar Glider


  • Petauridae


  • Wild
    • 4-6 years
  • Captive
    • up to 14 years with proper care


  • Length
    • 31-42 centimeters
  • Weight 
    • 70-170 grams


  • Northern and Eastern Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, and surrounding islands 


  • Temperate to tropical forest living in the canopy of trees


  • Wild
    • Nectar, sweet fruits, eucalyptus leaves, and small invertebrates
  • Zoo
    • Sweet produce (such as grapes and watermelon), waxworms and crickets, and a special concoction we call a "sugar glider cube"

ReproductionSugar Glider

  • Sugar gliders are marsupials, a primitive mammal.  Female marsupials posses a pouch, called a marsupium, which is used as a shelter for the young during development.  Gestation is very short (as is common in marsupials) - around 16 days, after which the female will typically give birth to 2 young (called joeys).  Young are born blind, bald, and nearly helpless.  They slowly climb their way through their mother's fur to the pouch where they will suckle and grow. Female marsupials do not have nipples, but secrete their milk through a gland onto the fur, which the young lap up.  Young will emerge from the pouch after 2 1/2 months and stay in the nest around 111 days.  Mothers may carry young on their backs when foraging for several months.  Breeding usually occurs between June and November so that young are born and raised in the spring and summer.

Special Adaptations

  • Sugar Gliders have a flap of skin called a 'patagium' stretching from their wrists to their ankle.  Gliders will leap from tall objects, stretch out their limbs and glide long distances (up to 50 meters) using the patagium.
  • Sugar gliders have an opposable digit on their foot, the hallux, which is analogous to our big toe.
  • Sugar glider tails, which can be as long as their body, are prehensile and can be used as a rudder while gliding, as an additional limb when climbing, or to grasp objects.
  • Sugar gliders have huge eyes - a perfect adaptation for nocturnal hunting.
  • Sugar gliders have large, extremely sharp claws which aid them in climbing.


  • Although sugar gliders resemble flying squirrels, the two species are not closely related
  • A sugar glider is a type of possum
  • Sugar gliders are social amongst family members, often living in large family units in the wild
  • Males have scent glands located cranially on their head (at the top of their forehead going back onto their head) and on their stomach, which they use to mark their territory and their family members - our male will rub his head on his keepers, claiming them as his
  • When agitated, sugar gliders will emit a shrill chirping sequence that can last for several seconds
Sugar Glider

Conservation Status

  • IUCN: Least Concern
  • CITES: Not Listed
  • Although the sugar glider is not listed as being threatened under IUCN or CITES, the Australian government strictly prohibits trade in their wildlife.


  1. IUCN Red List. November, 2011

  2. Feldhamer, George A. et al., Mammalogy: Adaptation, diversity, and ecology. 2nd edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004.

  3. Burnie, David and Don E. Wilson, ed. Smithsonian Institute Animal. New York: DK. 2001

  4. CITES Appendices. November, 2011

**All animal information is meant to be an educational resource. It may not include all the latest scientific information. Though we edit our information we cannot guarantee the accuracy of all facts presented.

The Children's Zoo at Celebration Square, an AZA-accredited facility since 2009, is currently offering Education Internships for the 2014 summer semester.  The Zoo currently houses approximately 160 specimens representing over 50 species of animals.  Education Internships offer the opportunity to gain an understanding of the various types of programs used to educate the public about the natural world in a Zoological Park setting.  Internship positions are unpaid.
Primary Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Assist with and/or teach Living Learning Lab, an indoor/outdoor curriculum-based program focusing on the 3rd grade
  • Prepare for upcoming Living Learning Lab programs
  • Learn and practice proper live animal handling techniques
  • Use provided biofacts in presentations
  • Assist in outreach programs
  • Complete daily paperwork
  • Research education information and update as necessary
  • Other tasks as assigned

Position Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a college or university; or a recent graduate of a college or university
  • Work may be outdoors and in all weather conditions
  • Must be able to lift and carry objects up to and exceeding 50 lbs
  • Must have good public speaking ability
  • Must have working knowledge of basic computer programs
  • Must be able to stand, sit, squat, bend, jump, reach, run, and lift items
  • Ability to work around live animals including mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates
  • Ability to work with teens, children, and adults
  • Ability to follow written and verbal directions
  • Ability to work in a team and independently
  • Basic knowledge of Michigan educational standards desired
  • Creative thinking strongly desired

Time Commitment

  • Internships are part-time 
  • Days and hours of work will be determined upon hiring 
  • Internships run May through August
  • Please notify us if Internship is qualifying for school credit

Contact Information

Please send resume with cover letter stating position applying for to:

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square

ATTN: Education Department

1730 S. Washington Ave.

Saginaw, MI 48601

Fax: (989) 759-1408

email: (Include "Education Internship" in subject line)

No phone calls please

Bos taurus taurusScottish Highland Cow 


  • Bovidae


  • Late teens to mid twenties


  • Height
    • 35-43 inches at shoulder
  • Weight
    • Males: 1500-1800 pounds
    • Females: 900-1200 pounds


  • As suggested by its name, this breed originated in the Scottish Highlands


  • The Scottish Highlands - a rugged, remote rocky region comprising Northwestern Scotland.  This area has many mountains with course vegetation growing throughout.


  • Wild
    • Rough plant matter such as grasses, lichens, and mosses
  • Captive
    • A mixture of timothy and alfalfa hay


  • Due to late maturation and small size, the Scottish Highland should not be bred until after 2 years of age.  A single calf is common after a gestation of 280 days (9.5 months).  Calves usually weigh between 60 and 70 pounds at birth and should be able to stand within an hour of birth.  Scottish Highland cows are reported to be excellent mothers.

Special AdaptationsScottish Highland Cow

  • Scottish Highland cattle have long, thick, course hair to protect them from cold temperatures and moist conditions common to the Scottish Highlands
  • This breed appears to be more resistant to common bovine diseases than other cattle breeds


  • Red is the most common color found today but Highlanders can be found in black, dun, silver, and yellow
  • Ruby, our Scottish Highland cow, is very inquisitive, but shy and will not usually approach strangers
  • Horns are found on both the male and female of this breed
  • This breed produces lean cuts of beef due to having a double-layer of hair which helps insulate them and prevents a need for fat insulation
  • Ruby is fairly calm throughout the year, but on the first large snowfall she frolics through the snow like an energetic calf!

Conservation Status

  • IUCN: Not Evaluated
  • CITES: Not Listed
  • Although domestic cattle are not threatened, there are 5 Bovid species which are in need of protections:
    • Bos gaurus (Gaur)
      • IUCN: Vulnerable
      • CITES: Appendix I
      • Found in India, China, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia
    • Bos javanicus (Banteng)
      • IUCN: Endangered
      • CITES: Not Listed
      • Found in Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, and sporadically in Indonesia.  Small population introduced to Australia
    • Bos mutus (Wild Yak)
      • IUCN: Vulnerable
      • CITES: Appendix I
      • Found in China.  Historically found in China and India.  Believed to be extinct in all countries except China
    • Bos sauveli (Grey Ox/Kouprey)
      • IUCN: Critically Endangered
      • CITES: Appendix I
      • Found in Cambodia and southern Laos
    • Bubalus arnee (Indian Water Buffalo)
      • IUCN: Endangered
      • CITES: Appendix III
      • Found in India, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia; all extremely fragmented

Scottish Highland dashing through the snow


  1. CITES Appendices. Accessed December 2012.
  2. IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. Accessed December 2012.
  3. American Highland Cattle Association… the Grande Old Breed… 2011. The American Highland Cattle Association. 13 November 2011

  4. Feldhamer, George A. et al., Mammalogy: Adaptation, diversity, and ecology. 2nd edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004.

  5. Highland.5 June 1996. Oklahoma State University. 13 November 2011

  6. “AHCA Highlands Breeder’s Guide”. The Bagpipe. Volume 15, Issue 2: Pages 27- . 13 November 2011

**All animal information is meant to be an educational resource. It may not include all the latest scientific information. Though we edit our information we cannot guarantee the accuracy of all facts presented.



ZOOletide Wreaths are a fun, festive fundraising event here at the Children's Zoo! The Zoo purchases 40 faux-evergreen wreaths to pass out to members in our community who volunteer their time and resources into making fabulous creations! The wreaths are then returned to the Zoo, where they are then on display for the public to view during Holiday's in the Heart of the City. You never know what to expect with these hanging concoctions--themes range from your traditional holiday, to bright monsters, to animals, to books! 


 frostywreath monsterwreath mittenwreath


The fun doesn't stop there! Visitors will be able to purchase tickets to be entered for a chance to win their favorite wreath(s)! Tickets are 1 for $1, or 6 for $5. Proceeds from this event go towards keeping the Zoo animals warm and cozy all winter long. 


 For more information on Holidays in the Heart of the City, please visit our calendar.