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13 of the cutest tree-dwelling animals in the world

By: Bryan Nelson on June 3, 2013, 5:34 p.m.
A greater glider on a tree branch

Photo: David Cook/flickr

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Greater glider

Similar to flying squirrels and flying phalangers (like the sugar glider), the greater glider can glide from tree to tree by spreading a specialized membrane that stretches between its elbows and ankles. But its most charming traits might be those big floppy ears and bushy tail. Greater gliders come in two shades, a sooty brown or a gray-to-white form. (You can decide which is more adorable.)

They are marsupials and hail from Australia and eat mostly eucalyptus leaves, much like the koala. Though they are not listed as a threatened species, habitat loss is a growing concern.