ABOUT BAT CONSERVATION AND RESCUE QLD

Bat Conservation and Rescue Qld
is a registered not-for-profit volunteer organization that strives to help people understand the importance
of all bat species, to provide a prompt and humane rescue service, to raise orphans and to rehabilitate injured bats before returning them to the wild.
BCRQ offers this free 24/7 community service all year round including public holidays.

We provide an efficient and humane service to rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned bats and return them to the wild as soon as possible.

We disseminate accurate information through literature, community events and talks to the general public about the importance of bats.

We are active advocates in the conservation of bats and their habitat.

We offer advice on helping to provide and improve habitats for bats as well as identifying botanical species that can be injurious to bats.

I HAVE FOUND A BAT

SEEK HELP – PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH BATS!

CALL OUR RESCUE HOTLINE ON 0488 228 134

If a bat bites or scratches a human, it may have to be destroyed and sent for testing for Australian Bat Lyssavirus – do not risk the bat’s life or your health. Only people trained and Rabies vaccinated should handle bats.

A flying-fox hanging on overhead power lines may still be alive. Even if dead, it may be a mother with a live baby tucked up under her wing. Please call BCRQ immediately.

If you find a flying-fox caught on a barbed wire fence, please very carefully and without touching it, throw a towel over the bat to help keep it calm. Then call BCRQ immediately.

If you find a flying-fox caught in fruit tree netting, do not try and cut the bat out of the net but call BCRQ immediately.

If the bat is on the ground, please cover the bat with a cardboard box or a washing basket to contain it and call BCRQ immediately.

Any bat by itself through the day is in trouble.

Keep children and pets away from the bat to help minimise its stress and remember, NO TOUCH NO RISK!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

BECOME A MEMBER

Join as an active or associate member. BCRQ offers free training to members.

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All donations of $2.00 and over are tax deductible.

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This very cute little survivor is Oliver the Gould’s wattled bat. Oliver came into care after being found on the ground. An assessment by his carer showed an abnormality in his forearm so she took him to our friends at the rspca for an X-ray. Incredibly this X-ray showed that Oliver has recently broken his forearm but it’s now nearly 80% healed! What an incredible little survivor to be able to forage and feed himself with a broken wing. Breaks like this are common when our microbats fly into glass doors and windows. We’re glad we can give Oliver a helping hand for the last part of his recovery. He is thoroughly enjoying our meal worm buffet as his forearm heals completely. It shouldn’t be too long before this amazing little bat is flying free out in the wild again.

Did you know that you can stop bats and birds from flying into your glass by sticking decals to the outside? This allows birds to visually see the glass and our microbats to see if with their echolocation. There are so many easy ways we can all make our property a bit safer for our native wildlife.

Remember that any bat by itself during the day is in need of help. Don’t touch the bat and give us a call immediately on ‭0488 228 134‬ for Brisbane and surrounds or your local wildlife rescue for other regions.
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Over the next few weeks we will be featuring some of our amazing volunteers! We have a diverse group of volunteers who undertake diverse roles within our organisation. Meet our first featured volunteers below and learn what they love about bats and what advice they have for those thinking of joining us.

Who are you and what do you within the organisation?
My name is Becky and My partners name is Eli. We started rescuing bats back in 2020. We both do general wildlife rescue as well as bat rescues however Eli is also involved in micro bat rehabilitation.

What do you love about bats and volunteering with BCRQ?
Bats are fascinating and play a crucial role in regenerating our forests. They are also such intelligent and curious little creatures. They are loving mothers, cheeky juveniles and old souls. We love their unique personalities and trusting nature.
As rescuers we receive so much support from the phone crew and we learn so much from the rehabbers when we bring the bats to for further care and treatment. We receive so much support and guidance even now when we are a few years in. It’s wonderful working with such a dedicated and professional team.

How does your volunteering fit in with work/family?
My partner and I both work shift work. It’s not flexible work but we still manage to help out with that bats where we can!
It’s not unheard of to be finishing a night shift and a rescue call comes in! I have a rescue kit in the car now so it’s just a detour on the way home.
When I can’t go to a rescue there is chance Eli is home so I will let them know to call Eli and visa versa. If we can take on a rescue together it’s a bonus- four hands are better than two!
We still have our own interests and go away camping frequently. We both enjoy doing rescues and working with the bats so when we have days off or not much on in the evenings we let the phone team know to give us a call if a rescue comes in!

Any advice for people thinking of joining?
There are so many ways you can contribute to the group! You don’t need to work directly with the bats to be an assist to BCRQ!

Give it a go! See what you like!
Who knows what you will be drawn to!

When I started I wanted to raise orphans and Eli had absolutely no interest in bats at all, however, Eli attended one rescue with me and he was sold. Eli has now done more rescues than I have and is all over educating the public with his bat facts and knowledge. There’s honestly something for everyone!

We operate in Brisbane and surrounds (including Toowoomba) so if volunteering with us seems like something you might enjoy please join via the link below. We provide all training, no prior experience is necessary.
bats.org.au/get-involved/join-now/
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We have a lovely update on the little grey Valkyrie we posted a couple of weeks ago. Valkyrie was the only survivor of a cluster of juvenile greys suffering from paralysis syndrome. Valkyrie was in a very bad way but managed to pull through against all odds. She was very emaciated and had severe eye ulcers from not being able to blink. Valkyrie has been eating a special high protein smoothie diet and had ointment in her eyes to treat her ulcers. We are so pleased to announce that she has recovered so much that today she is graduating to the flight aviary! She will spend some time here regaining her strength and flight fitness before being released back in to the wild. We came very close to losing Valkyrie so we are so excited to see her take this next step.

Remember that any bat by itself during the day is in need of help. Don’t touch the bat and give us a call immediately on ‭0488 228 134‬ for Brisbane and surrounds or your local wildlife rescue for other regions. ‬‬‬‬‬
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An update on our tube nosed bat who has been named Tallulah. She is stable and doing well so far. Our biggest concern now is the damage from the barbed wire to her wing and how this damage will progress. For the moment Tallulah is thoroughly enjoying custard apple! We are trying a few different things to see what she will eat (much fussier than our flying foxes!). In this video you can see her glorious tube nostrils. There are a couple of different theories as to why they have these tubular nostrils. One is that they help them breathe while eating as they prevent fruit juice from dripping into their nose. The other is that they help them locate food by directionally smelling (similar to a snakes forked tongue). Whatever the reason they are certainly unique!

Remember that any bat by itself during the day is in need of help. Don’t touch the bat and give us a call immediately on ‭0488 228 134‬ for Brisbane and surrounds or your local wildlife rescue for other regions. ‬‬‬‬‬
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We had a very exciting rescue yesterday! Our rescuers were called out to Upper Brookfield for a bat trapped on barbed wire. It’s been very wet over the last week and the kind homeowner came to pick our rescuers up from further down the road in his 4wd as the roads were too wet and muddy for their car pass. When they finally got to the bat they were very surprised to find an Eastern tube-nosed bat! This is a very unusual species to rescue and care for in Brisbane. So unusual that this is actually the first that BCRQ has ever rescued! She was trapped next to a pineapple guava tree that was heavy with fruit so we assume she was looking to feed there. The homeowners will be removing the barbed wire which is great news, as barbed wire is dangerous normally but particularly so when a feed tree is nestled in amongst it.
Barbed wire injuries are tricky and only time will tell if her wing will recover but she’ll be given every possible chance at a return to the wild.

Remember that any bat by itself during the day is in need of help. Don’t touch the bat and give us a call immediately on ‭0488 228 134‬ for Brisbane and surrounds or your local wildlife rescue for other regions. ‬‬‬‬‬
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Ever thought about joining us? Right now is a fantastic time as our training will be held in the next couple of months. We operate in the greater Brisbane area which includes Logan, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Ipswich and Toowoomba. You don’t need any skills or experience to join us, we provide all training. Active members need to be fully vaccinated against ABLV but you can undertake our training before being vaccinated. If handling bats isn’t your thing we have a plethora of other roles and ways to help that don’t involve direct contact with bats.

Our rescue calls are increasing every year. We have a fantastic group of volunteers but we need more people to help. Many of our volunteers work or have families so please don’t think this would prevent you from volunteering. Some of our roles include:
- Rescuer: these are members who go out to rescue calls and rescue bats from a variety of situations. Rescuers list the days and times they are available and what equipment they have (eg ladder). Rescuers transport their rescued bats to either a rehabber or wildlife hospital for assessment.

- Phone volunteer: our phone volunteers are worth their weight in gold! They take shifts on the rescue phone, taking calls from the public and finding a rescuer to attend to the bat.

- Microbat carer: Microbats are interesting and packed full of personality. Many of our microbat carers work full time as microbats are fed and medicated at night. Caring for microbats is perfect for people with limited space and time!

- Baby flying fox carer: This is one of our favourite roles, for good reason. Baby flying foxes are an absolute joy to raise! This role is better suited for people who work from home or that are not currently working/retired. Baby flying foxes take 3 months from birth to be fully weaned so the commitment is far less than our marsupials.

- Other support roles: We have many other ways to help bats! These include chopping fruit at our release aviary in Woodford, helping install barbed wire mitigation tags or helping to transport bats from rehabbers or vets.

You can commit as little or as much time as you want, whether that be helping with one transport a week or spending a weekend helping us install barbed wire tags. We are a very friendly and supportive group of bat lovers 🙂

Please comment any questions, we are happy to answer.

bats.org.au/get-involved/join-now/
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We are so excited to announce that we were successful in receiving an Energex Ergon Energy Community grant! This generous grant has gone towards the purchase of 4 new humidicribs. Sadly many flying foxes are electrocuted on overhead powerlines. If this flying fox is a female with a baby, the baby survives in the vast majority of cases. Energex are fantastic, responding to our calls for babies on powerlines and sending cherry picker trucks out to rescue them. These babies need a temperature controlled environment, which is where the new humidicribs come in!

The below video shows just a couple of the fantastic Energex teams that have responded to our rescue calls. It also shows some of our flying foxes in care using our new humidicribs.

Remember that any bat by itself during the day is in need of help. Don’t touch the bat and give us a call immediately on ‭0488 228 134‬ for Brisbane and surrounds or your local wildlife rescue for other regions. ‬‬‬‬‬
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How wonderful is this 🥰 a banded flying fox recently rescued by Hunter Wildlife Rescue, NATF Inc rescue, was found to be a hand raised orphan released in 2004. This makes him 19 years old! Wild flying foxes are capable of living long lives but human pressures mean their average life span is only 4-7 years. Seeing a hand raised baby live until 19 gives us so much hope for our own babies out in the wild. ... See MoreSee Less

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This devilishly handsome young man is John Rowland. He’s a juvenile black flying fox.
He was belly dipping in a suburban backyard swimming pool and had a mishap, somehow ending up in the pool.
Luckily he was uninjured. He stayed in care long enough to be sure no latent injuries became apparent and he was in excellent shape. The photo of him wrapped in a towel is his release day. After this photo was taken, he was put in a rescue basket, driven to the camp closest to where he was rescued, and off he flew, soaring up into the trees to join the other bats. Stay safe, John Rowland!

We release flying foxes during the day directly into their local colony. This gives them time to get their bearings and settle before they need to worry about foraging for the night.

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The sweet older lady is Katy the black flying fox. A member of the public was out riding his bike in a park and spotted Katy lying on the ground. Unsure what to do, but unwilling to leave her lying there, he contacted his wife Katherine for help. Katherine arrived and could see that Katy was barely hanging on. She called a vet who gave her our number to call. Katy is suffering from paralysis syndrome and it’s a small miracle she’s alive. She was extremely emaciated, dehydrated and unable to blink or swallow. Our rehabbers have been working hard to stabilise Katy and we are so pleased to report that she is improving well. Katy has been named in honour of human Katherine.

The first video shows Katy a couple of days after rescue when she was first able to swallow. The second video shows her just after a week in care, now swallowing well and starting to put on weight! Her eyes are still a little sore but are healing well with medicated eye ointment.

Remember that any bat by itself during the day is in need of help. Don’t touch the bat and give us a call immediately on ‭0488 228 134‬ for Brisbane and surrounds or your local wildlife rescue for other regions. ‬‬‬‬‬
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