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.

MAKE A DONATION

Donate via Bank Transfer or PayPal.

All donations of $2.00 and over are tax deductible.

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* Important heatwave announcement *

As all Australians are aware we are currently experiencing a severe heatwave sweeping across the country. This week, particularly on Wednesday, this heatwave is forecast to hit southeast Queensland with temperatures up to 10 degrees above average expected. All wildlife can suffer in the heat but flying foxes are particularly prone to heat stress. Ourselves, and other bat rescue groups, will have trained and vaccinated teams stationed at high risk colonies ready to intervene with water sprayers if the flying foxes aren't coping. However, we cannot be everywhere at once so we are asking the public to please keep an eye out for bats in distress. In saying that it is INCREDIBLY important that no one enter or go near any flying fox colony during hot weather as this will cause the flying foxes to fly and can actually cause the colony to start becoming critically heat stressed. If you are able to view the colony from a distance please keep an eye on their behaviour. All flying foxes will be fanning themselves with their wings during the hot weather which is very normal and not cause for alarm. If you see flying foxes falling from trees, on the ground or hanging low to the ground please do not approach and give us, or your closest wildlife rescue, a call immediately. These bats are in heat stress and need quick assistance from one of our trained and vaccinated rescuers. Again we must stress not to attempt to approach a colony or to intervene yourself as this can be catastrophic for the colony.

This is a particularly vulnerable time of year for our flying foxes as the mums still have dependent young. So please, keep an eye out on Wednesday for bats in distress. Your call could save many lives!

Photo by the incredible Doug Gimesy Photography who attended a heat stress event last year. This is an example of when a wildlife rescue urgently needs to be called.

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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Give the gift of life this Christmas by symbolically adopting one (or more) of BCRQ’s orphaned flying-foxes.

Our volunteers lovingly hand raise over a hundred orphaned bats each year giving them a second chance at life after their mothers have died for various reasons.

For a donation of $90 AUD you can adopt your precious orphan and your contribution will help to pay the costs of raising your orphan through to soft release back to the wild.

You will receive an adoption certificate, a brief history and photo of your orphan and best of all, you get to name your baby.

To adopt your orphan, please type ‘adopted’ in the comment box of the picture of the orphan you wish to adopt and we will be in touch.

In Australia, this donation is tax-deductible. Thank you. 💕🦇
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We are very excited to announce a conservation partnership with Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Lone Pine is nestled in Fig Tree Pocket in Brisbane and is home to a large array of native species. This sanctuary allows visitors to see and experience species you would normally not be able to which allows people to gain a greater appreciation for them. Lone Pine staff have been members of ours for a few years with the sanctuary supporting them in raising orphaned flying foxes. These orphans have a special area at the sanctuary where visitors are able to view the babies and learn about flying foxes and their importance.

We’re excited to see where this new partnership with Lone Pine leads!

More information about Lone Pine can be found here - koala.net
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This lovely little broad nosed bat is Sirius. He was found in a low power box and was called into us to rescue. He has no major injuries but is showing some bruising so will spend a few days with us to recover before being released. Sirius is thoroughly enjoying his stay at our five star bat resort where he has a lovely soft bed to sleep in and an unlimited supply of tasty meal worms to munch on. In the video you can see his impressive set of teeth that he uses to grab insects from the air while in flight. It can be a bit of an adjustment for our microbats to go from catching insects in flight to eating while stationary but patience and perseverance from his carer has ensured that Sirius has a full belly. Sirius’s bruising should heal up in a couple of days and he will be released back into the wild to continue to act as a free pest control for our urban areas.

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 up with us to help out southeast Queensland’s bats? Now is a fantastic time as we have a couple of training days upcoming. We are completely volunteer run so we depend entirely on volunteers to rescue and care for our bats. You can contribute as much or as little as you are able to with everything from raising orphans, rescue, rehabilitation, fruit cutting, rescue phone manning and transport. Now is also baby season so for those with the time, we have an orphan course coming up. There is more information on what joining us entails on our website link below.

With an ever-increasing array of threats our bats need all of the help they can get. If everyone contributes a little it creates great changes overall.

Pictured is baby Nachos who was found by herself during the day. Nachos was very dehydrated and underweight but is now thriving in care with her carer. Nachos is available for symbolic adoption for $90 but, unlike most of our other orphans, Nachos has already been named. Please send us a message if you are interested in symbolically adopting Nachos so we can get her back out into the wild where she belongs.

bats.org.au/get-involved/join-now/
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This is a fantastic POV rescue video from one of our rescuers Connor. This rescue was for a baby flying fox found up on powerlines by himself. It’s likely his mum has been electrocuted but since fallen from the powerlines leaving the baby up there by himself. You can see how nerve-wracking rescues can be with a baby on powerlines by himself above a busy road! This particular rescue is a great example of cooperation with Energex attending to retrieve the baby and the police blocking traffic so that Energex can work safely. The outcome is a viable baby that is now thriving in care with his new carer. A massive thank you to all involved in safely retrieving this baby.

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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A homeowner opened her pool umbrella only to discover a whole colony of broad nosed microbats had taken up residence! Most of the bats had fallen from the umbrella when she opened it and she was very concerned about them being eaten by birds during the day. She did the right thing and gave us a call to rescue the colony and attempt to find them a new home. Our rescuer bundled up all of the bats, counting 18 females all with tiny twin babies on board! Our rescuer and one of our experienced microbat carers were able to use one of the great microbat boxes donated to us by Pimpama State Secondary College for their new home. This box was installed in the nature strip just next to the property they were found on. The colony was transferred to the new bat box which gave them time to settle and de-stress. The bats have not returned to the homeowners umbrella so they have either chosen to stay put in the bat box or have found another home close by. We very commonly get microbats in pool umbrellas so it’s a good idea to give umbrellas a quick visual check underneath before opening it fully. If you do find bats, give us a call for advice on the best way to proceed. Thankfully it was a good outcome for this lovely little colony of mozzie munchers.

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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Matching outfits for these two baby bats’ photoshoot because they match in age and rescue story as well.
These two gorgeous little boys were three weeks old when rescued on the same day, 31st Oct, Halloween, both from street drains, but in different suburbs.
In a remarkable coincidence, both were found hanging by their little feet from the drains and both were called in to us. The drain in the picture is similar to the type of drain they were in. :'(
The Drain Boys would love to have individual names, so we are delighted to invite symbolic adoption for them.
For a donation of $90 each, we’ll email a Certificate of Adoption with the name you’ve chosen.
Please comment below if you’d like to adopt either boy and we’ll be in touch. One has a scar near his eye where he had a little cut. So please specify the boy with the scar or the other boy.

In Australia, this donation is tax deductible. Thank you. <3 🦇🦇
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*Another successful reunite for the season* Early in the morning our rescuers were called out to attend to a baby black flying fox holding onto a door jam at Coochiemudlo Island. The homeowners had discovered this very distressed baby flying fox as they went to go outside in the morning. Thankfully these homeowners are responsible pet owners and both of their dogs sleep inside at night meaning their dogs had not interacted with him at all. There was a food tree nearby so it was suspected he had just been dropped or fallen and crawled under the awning where mum couldn’t get him. He was a perfect candidate to attempt a reunite! Our rescuers headed back out to Coochiemudlo just before dusk with the baby in tow. They used the homeowner’s clothesline and hung a towel for the baby to cling to and to give mum somewhere to land. Just before dusk mum came barreling in frantically calling for her bub. Baby had a good set of lungs and returned her calls. She circled around a few times and landed in a couple of spots close by to scope out the situation. Finally she landed on top of the clothesline and climbed down to the baby. She spent a couple of minutes cleaning the yucky human smell off him before flying off with baby attached. A very happy mum and baby and an absolutely perfect outcome for this pair!

Sound on for the video where you can hear the mother flying fox calling and the baby responding to her.

Even though this baby was only in care with us for a short time he wracked up quite the bill with ferry tickets out to the island. It would be wonderful is someone would be willing to sponsor this baby for $50 which will cover the cost of our rescuers tickets to rescue and then reunite this boy. Please message us if you are interested in sponsorship.

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This big flapper is Taco, a baby boy black flying fox. Taco’s story is our most common when rescuing baby flying foxes. He was found by himself on the ground and we can only guess at how he came to be separated from his mum. Taco had been grounded for days in a puddle of water so was quite unwell when someone found him and called us in. He spent a week being intensively cared for by one of our experienced rehabilitators before we were confident he would be ok. Taco has put on lots of weight and is now thriving! In this video you can see his vigorous flapping which is essential for a baby flying foxes development. They start flapping from an early age which helps them build up flight muscles and stamina they will need when they start flying at 8-12 weeks old. As an adult Taco will travel hundreds of kilometres across the landscape as our most important long distance pollinator and seed disperser. Taco is only 4 weeks old at the moment so he still has a few more weeks of practice before he’ll be flying for real.

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