Gizmo & Allira
I adopted Gizmo from a young woman in Michigan in July, 2005, when he was about a year old. He is a super-sweet glider who loves to be cuddled in his fleece pouch. Gizmo & Allira fell in love at first sight and didn't need any time at all to adapt to each other. Gizmo has since been neutered. He is still very handsome, even without his bald spots!
Allira, as mentioned above, came out-of-pouch on July 15, 2004. The only daughter of Mareki & Coobah, I hand-fed her from her first day oop. due to Mareki being unable to produce enough milk for her. She was adopted by Pepe & Bittah and they took care of all of her needs except feeding until she was old enough to move in with Pika & Cricky. Needless to say, I became very attached to her! Allira is by far the most tame glider I own - always wanting to be held, no matter what!
Luna was one of Pepe & Bittah's very first joeys and came oop on September 26, 2003. Originally adopted by my husband's cousin Alice, she came back to live with us in the fall of 2006. She was been reunited with Pepe & Bittah and lived with them until their deaths in 2012. Luna is a very sweet glider. She is also my tiniest glider at only 76 grams.
Coobah & Carina
Coobah is a handsome male glider who came o.o.p. on May 15, 2003. He is Pika & Cricky's son. He has a beautiful silver coat, and although he is on the smaller side for a male at only 92 grams, he makes up for size with speed & agility. It is so fun to watch him play in the small trees in my yard (as pictured). I don't worry about him running away because he is so well bonded to me, that even while I'm taking pictures of him, he is trying to jump onto me.
Carina is a very beautiful glider! Adopted from The Glider Playroom in NE Ohio in October, 2004, she was a very loving, wonderful mother (Coobah has now been neutered). She loved her joeys so much that she kept them in her pouch for an extra week or so. Carina (pictured below) is always the first glider to come out to see me each night when it's time for the gliders' breakfast!
Carina and Coobah forage for mealies, Spring 2007
Nara & Cleo
Nara was adopted on December 16, 2006 from Elisabeth at My Sugar High in order to be Pika's new companion after Cricky passed away. Pika had been very grief-stricken and she fell in love with little Nara right away. My only White Face glider, Nara is a very beautiful little girl. After Pika's passing in March, 2007, Nara was lonely. Nara was successfully introduced to Darwin that summer and lived happily with him in their half of the Glider Condo. After Darwin passed away in April, 2011, Nara was introduced to Cleo. The two girls are very happy together.
Cleo at just 15 grams - 5 weeks out of pouch
Cleo was adopted by me when Nicole Bustamante's glider was not providing enough milk for both her & her twin brother. At 5 weeks out of pouch, Cleo was a meager 15 grams. I drove to Nicole's and picked Cleo up to hand raise her. She has been with me ever since. Cleo has a very sweet personality and my daughter-in-law carries both her and Nara with her daily to help with her anxiety disorder. I truly believe that gliders can make wonderful service animals for those suffering from this disorder. The person can focus on the gliders rather than the situation they are in.
Nara took care of Pika at the end when Pika could no longer care for herself. Here they are on their last day together
Rest In Peace: Cricky & Pika
(a.k.a. Grampa & Gramma)
When I adopted Cricky & Pika in January, 2003, Pika had a female joey in-pouch. On February 13, 2003, Bungobittah came out-of-pouch and is now my best breeding mother! Within a month, Pika was pregnant again and on May 22, 2003, Coobah came out-of-pouch. He is now the father of Carina's joeys. Since Cricky & Pika had Coobah, they did not have any more joeys. However, they were the proud grandparents of all joeys bred by Suz' Sugar Gliders! Sadly, Cricky passed away on November 20, 2006 and Pika passed away on March 12, 2007. They both lived very long lives and I was privileged to have them in my heart & home for their last 4 years here on earth. Since I was their 3rd or 4th home, at least, I do not know exactly when they came oop. However, based on my knowledge of them, I believe that they were about 13 years old when they passed away. I still miss them and always will.
This is my beautiful Pika at sunrise in West Virginia just a few days after Cricky passed away.
Rest in Peace, Darwin
Darwin was a neutered male who came out of pouch on 06/01/01. I adopted him from Karen at The Pampered Glider in June, 2007 in the hopes of housing him with Mareki. Although they were together for about two weeks, Mareki had too much of an Alpha personality and they had to be separated. Darwin then decided that he wanted to be Nara's companion instead and they were successfully introduced to each other that July. Although Darwin had lived in three different homes since he left his original breeder, he had a very sweet temperament and loved everyone he met - he never met a stranger! He continued to be Mareki's friend through the mesh of their reptariums and in Sept. 2007, Teresa (Dancing Water Designs) custom-made a Glider Condo Reptarium so that Mareki could be housed in one half of it and Darwin & Nara in the other half to eliminate the physical complications of Mareki's Alpha personality. Sadly, Darwin passed away on April 22, 2011 - necropsy showed that he had liver cancer. Darwin is deeply missed.
Rest in Peace, Mareki
2/14/2003 - 3/09/2011
Mareki was DaisyMae's first joey. She looked almost identical to her mommy, and I would have to look carefully to know who I was holding! She came o.o.p. on Valentine's Day - February 14, 2003. She matched her birth date in that she was a very lovable, huggable glider. Mareki used to be my "fluffiest" glider, weighing in at a whopping 202 grams at her heaviest - she was down to about 172 grams at her last vet app't. Mareki was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in Sept. 2007 and was on thyroid replacement therapy for the rest of her life. Mareki was a Special Needs glider because she had a recurrent problem with Self Mutilating her patagiums and her chest. It was in an effort to determine the root cause of the Self Mutilation that testing was done and the hypothyroidism was found. Mareki was only the second glider ever to be officially diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Although this may have been a factor in her Self Mutilation, sadly stress seemed to be the root cause of it. After we placed her in a special Glider Condo so that she could have companionship without direct physical contact with her cage mates - Darwin & Nara, she stopped Self Mutilating. This worked very well for her and seemed to keep her content. Sadly, Mareki passed away during the night on 3/09/2011. She lived for 8 wonderful years with us. I miss her deeply.
Rest in Peace: Pierre & Bungobittah
(a.k.a. Pepe & Bittah)
I adopted Pierre (a.k.a. Pepe) from a nice, young man who simply couldn't spend enough time with him. It took awhile for Pepe to get used to his new family. When Pepe came to us, he was a pit bull biter. After a couple of years of patience on our part, we finally were able to gain his trust. Pepe became one of the sweetest gliders I've ever known. Sadly, just before his 10th birthday, on 3-20-12, Pepe passed away from liver & spleen cancer. We deeply miss him.
Pepe during his last venture outdoors on 3-17-2012.
Bittah with two of her joeys, Rodan (m) and Yukira (f), Spring 2007
Pepe & Bittah were beautiful gliders and wonderful parents. Bittah was the perfect little mother. She was excellent with the joeys both in-pouch & out. She even adopted a female joey, Allira, that was rejected by Mareki in July, 2004. Pepe was a fantastic father who really cared for and about his joeys. Once the joeys were old enough, he helped to take care of them so that Bittah could get some "free" time. He also adopted Allira and whenever she was in the nest with them, he loved to clean her & nuzzle her. Allira is now paired up with Gizmo (see below).
Pepe in our Willow Tree after a rainstorm, Summer 2009
I often get comments asking me about the outdoor pictures of my gliders. Please note that all of my gliders are very well bonded to me and when I have them outside, they see me as their "safety zone"; consequently, they keep trying to get back to me the entire time they are outside, so there is no fear of them getting loose or running away. Gliders should not be allowed to play outside unless they have an excellent bond with their owner. If not bonded very well they may run away and this would be disastrous.