Sipora Flying Squirrel Hylopetes sipora

Sipora Flying Squirrel Hylopetes sipora

Sipora Flying Squirrel Hylopetes sipora


Indonesia (Sumatra)

The world’s gliding mammals are an extraordinary group of animals that have the ability to glide from tree to tree with seemingly effortless grace. There are more than 60 species of gliding mammals including the flying squirrels from Europe and North America, the scaly-tailed flying squirrels from central Africa and the gliding possums of Australia and New Guinea.

Sipora Flying Squirrels are extraordinary gliding mammals that fly through the canopies of Sipora Island in #Sumatra #Indonesia. They are endangered by #deforestation from #agriculture. Support this forgotten animal with a #Boycott4Wildlife

Sipora Flying Squirrel Hylopetes sipora
Sipora Flying Squirrel Hylopetes sipora

The Sipora Flying Squirrel is listed as Endangered as it is known only from Sipura island, which is only 845 km2, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.

This species is only known from Sipora island, in the Mentawai Archipelago, south west of Sumatra (Thorington and Hoffmann 2005). This is a lowland species living in primary forest. Very little is known about the ecology of this species.

The habitat of the Sipora Flying Squirrel is being deforested for timber, firewood and conversion to agricultural land.

IUCN Red list

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Further Information

ICUN endangered logo

Lee, B. 2016. Hylopetes sipora. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T10606A22243951. Downloaded on 05 February 2021.

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