TO ALL BAT LOVERS Join us at the @CurrumbinWildlifeHospital on the 17th of January for a morning talk about our...
Why do bats need rescuing?
rearing an orphaned bat baby will be one of
the most rewarding things you will ever do...
we LOVE cuddles
much like your dog or cat
we will watch your every move
and we love to play
Facts About Flying Foxes
They are vegetarians and mainly
eat nectar and fruit
They are the main pollinators of many
native Australian trees
They are actually very clean animals
Bird droppings are actually more
corrosive than Flying Fox droppings
Lyssavirus in Flying Fox populations
Our primary goal is to rescue,
rehabilitate and release any
orphaned or injured Flying Foxes or
Microbats that need our help
We're all important...
Why should we care about bats?
Bats are classified into two major groups: Flying Foxes and Microbats. Both share many similarities with humans: they have a similar skeletal structure (they have elongated fingers, not wings that they fly with), are warm-blooded, give birth and suckle their young, are devoted and caring mothers and even leave their children (called pups) at ‘childcare’ as they go in search of food!
Flying Foxes play a key role in coastal forest ecology. Bats are the world’s only flying mammal and Flying Foxes are able to cross pollinate tall coastal forest trees. Almost all hardwood species need Flying Foxes for pollination. Hardwood flowers are only receptive to pollination at night, so the daytime activity of birds and bees does not fertilise the flowers. Flying Foxes fly much further than bees or most birds, so are able to cross-fertilise bushland over great distances each night. It has also been estimated that a single Flying Fox can disperse up to 3000 seeds a night. With increasing urbanisation, more man made hazards like barbed wire, power lines, domestic animals, cars and roads, and increasing heat events, Flying Fox numbers are declining at an alarming rate. Losing these wonderful animals will have catastrophic consequences to many other of our unique animals, especially tree-dwelling animals like koalas.
A Microbat (or insectivorous bat) can eat about a third of its own body weight in insects every night. In many parts of the world organic farmers install bat boxes throughout their farms as a natural form of pest control. Microbats are capable of catching up to 500 insects per hour, an average of one every seven seconds. Under controlled condition the Myotis bat (a small insectivorous bat that lives near waterways) has been recorded capturing 1200 tiny fruit flies in one hour. This is one every 3 seconds. Microbats are also voracious predators of mosquitoes. So why not consider putting up a bat box in your garden to keep the mozzies at bay?
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- Adopt a bat – Like Johnny did!.
We are a not for profit organisation and run solely on donations. Every donation is used towards rescue, rehabilitation and education of our native bats. Without these vital donations, we would not be able to exist and wouldn’t be able to continue the work we do. Please donate to help save a life. Donations are tax deductible. firstname.lastname@example.org
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- First Orphan Creche Intake – 13 January 2019
- Vet Talk at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital – 17 January 2019