Named after its rich brown mahogany-coloured belly, the Mahogany Glider is a large gliding possum found only in the Wet Tropics of northern Queensland.
A nocturnal, elusive and silent marsupial, the Mahogany Glider was first described in the 1880s. It seemingly disappeared and was regarded as extinct until scientists rediscovered it living near Tully in 1989.
The area’s woodland provides the Mahogany Glider with an open canopy, allowing it to glide from tree to tree. It uses a ‘patagium’, or flat parachute-like extension of skin, to glide distances of 30 metres and more.
With the smallest range of any mammal in Australia and ongoing loss of habitat, the Mahogany Glider is now in danger of extinction.
Available from today, this latest addition to the Endangered and Extinct coin series features a Mahogany Glider perched on a tree branch framed by gumnuts and gum leaves.
Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, no more than 5,000 of these coins will be released, each housed in a presentation case and delightfully illustrated shipper.