Hello, my name is Ashley and I have been volunteering with Bats Qld since 2012. Before I started working with bats I was part of the typical crowd who didn’t like bats, that was until I saw my first orphan flying fox pup and since then I was hooked. Flying foxes are the most beautiful, intelligent and cheeky monkeys around and I find it a great pleasure and privilege to volunteer with them.
Outside of Bats Qld I have recently completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and am currently working as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Glycomics at Griffith University. In March 2020 I will begin my Honors Degree to further my education and passion for science in the field of vaccine research. During my time with Bats Qld I have additionally been volunteering with Wildcare Australia where I rescue macropods, koalas and echidnas. Every summer I also enjoy volunteering with Dr. Col Limpus and the Sea Turtle research and conservation team in Bundaberg Queensland.
Within Bats Qld I have several responsibilities, predominately I am the Hotline and Rescue Coordinator. In this position my job entails the manning of Bats Qld’s 24hr hotline, running training workshops for both rescues and the hotline, and organizing and coordinating the rescues of bats across the Gold Coast. I enjoy developing new educational material for the public and volunteering at our display events. I am also a member of the management committee and assist with other training workshops provided by Bats Qld.