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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Say hi to Batilla the HoneydewMelonEater. He is a very young baby flying fox who, amazingly, was rescued uninjured from a dog’s mouth.
Flying fox babies are much better off raised by their bat mothers than by us, so whenever conditions are right, we attempt to reunite babies with their mothers. We tried this with Batilla but unfortunately, perhaps still traumatised or injured by the dog, his mother didn't return for him, so Batilla the HoneydewMelonEater, was brought into care to be raised as an orphan.

Batilla was given his terrific name by Harry, a generous donor who has symbolically adopted Batilla. We’re very grateful for this as it enables us to cover the costs of raising him.
As other orphans are rescued, we’ll invite you, our lovely supporters, to adopt one or more if you wish.
Harry hopes you might be inspired to come up with creative, fun or unique names. Previous supporters have also chosen meaningful names to honour friends and family members.

Birthing season is here so please to call if you see – or hear – a flying fox alone in the daytime. Thank you!

If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs 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 in other regions.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
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This lovely young man is Griffin the black flying fox. Griffin was spotted hanging out in the open during the day by a caring member of the public last month. We have had some food shortages recently and very cold weather so poor Griffin was struggling. To top it off he has injuries consistent with being pecked and attacked by a bird! Griffin was very scared at first and you can see him vocalising his displeasure in this video. That was until we introduced him to our speciality banana smoothie which is always a crowd favourite. Griffin should only be spending a few more weeks in care before he’s ready for release in the peak of spring.

If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs 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 in other regions.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
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Andy is a beautiful adult grey-headed flying fox who found himself on the ground in a park in the city. He was in amongst leaf litter on an odd concrete ramp that curved down to nowhere. Grazes on his joints tell us he’s been crawling around trying to find a way out. To us, it looks easy, but to a flying fox, he’s trapped. He can’t take off from the ground in that cramped space and there’s nothing he can climb to get some elevation and clear space to fly off in.

The fact he was quite underweight tells us he’s been there in that out-of-the-way corner of the park for a few days. He’s extraordinarily lucky he was spotted by a very caring person who called us then waited til our rescuer arrived. Thank you! You saved his life. ❤

He’ll stay in care til his grazes are healed and he’s a healthy weight.

If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs 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 in other regions.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
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Rosa is a subadult black flying fox who didn’t see a barbed wire fence that was right up against a large tree at a bus stop, and under a busway. We’re particularly disappointed about this fence because it’s been built fairly recently. There’s no excuse for not using wildlife friendly security fencing for **new** fences.
Rosa has some holes in her wing membrane on both wings and a sore mouth where she tried to chew the wire, but we expect all of these to heal and in time she will be able to be released. ❤

If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs 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 in other regions.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
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Sasha is another young black flying fox who got confused with lights and plants and found herself on a balcony in a leafy area on the river. Thank you to the lovely caller for giving us a call to rescue her. Luckily she had no major injuries. She was a big fan of banana smoothie while in care! She stayed in care until we were sure she was in great condition and she’s now flying free performing her important role of pollination and seed dispersal.

If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs 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 in other regions.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
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We’re getting to our busy time of year when our bats start birthing. Baby flying foxes can get separated from their mothers for a plethora of reasons so it’s important that we all keep an eye, or an ear, out. Many times when we are called, the member of the public has heard the baby calling and followed the sound. The sound is similar to a cricket so please do check if you hear a strange call, you may just save the life of a baby flying fox. If you do locate a baby, don’t touch them and give us, or your closest wildlife rescue, a call immediately.

Please share this so more people can learn what a baby sounds like and we can save more little lives this season ❤️

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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Dear Andrea is very lucky young black flying fox. She was spotted in a tree in a church car park in an inner suburb and she was very poorly. She had a nasty fungal infection of her wing membrane. Happily this is very treatable, although it’s a painful condition until it starts to heal. She’s recovering well and will remain in care for some time until all traces of the infection are gone. Thank you to the kind person who called us about her. You saved her life!

If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs 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 in other regions.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
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An update on our very early out-of-season black flying fox orphan, Tidlig. 🦇
He is now six weeks old and progressing as expected. ❤
Thankfully he’s still the only orphan we have in care and hasn’t been the harbinger of a lot of out-of-season babies. The adult girls we are rescuing are heavily pregnant, as is normal for this time.

It won’t be long, sadly, before we start receiving calls for flying fox babies in need of rescue. Please call in any bat you might see alone in the daytime. A bat that has passed could be a mother with a tiny alive baby clinging to her, hidden away under her wing. Please *listen* as well as look. Tidlig was *heard* at first, not seen. You could save a precious life. ❤

If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs 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 in other regions.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
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This absolute sweetheart is Nova, a sub adult black flying fox. Nova had found some delicious flowering grevillea to feed on when she went to take off and flew in to a barbed wire fence. Nova struggled and struggled but couldn’t get her entangled wing free. Here she stayed until the homeowner spotted her in the morning and gave us a call. Poor Nova had serious injuries to her wing and her mouth from trying to chew herself free. The barbed wire she was entangled on served no purpose, the homeowner had not replaced the fence from previous owners. This is a good reminder to prioritise removing barbed wire fences that are completely unnecessary! Nova will be spending many weeks in our care to heal her wing and mouth. We are so thankful that she was spotted and that the homeowner did call us to rescue her.

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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This lucky boy is Galileo, a subadult black flying fox. Galileo was out foraging for the night when he flew straight into a barbed wire fence at a storage facility, getting his wing badly entangled! He pulled and pulled and tried to chew himself free to no avail. The next afternoon a couple were accessing their storage unit when they noticed Galileo hanging there looking very distressed. Thankfully they gave us a call to rescue him. Galileo was in shock from his traumatic ordeal and his injuries. His rehabber quickly got to work trying to stabilise him. Although touch and go at first, Galileo pulled through and is now enjoying hanging outside with other bats in care. His wing injuries are extensive so he will need to stay in our care for quite some time.

If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs 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 in other regions.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
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