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

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All donations of $2.00 and over are tax deductible.

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***These babies have been generously sponsored. We will have more babies available for sponsorship as birthing season will begin next month and our rescues will start picking up***

We still have a couple of little red flying fox orphans in need of symbolic adoption. Our babies can be symbolically adopted for a $90AUD donation, which helps us to pay for their costs while in care. The sponsor has the honour of naming their baby and they receive a virtual adoption pack with a personalised certificate that makes a lovely gift. Please send us a PM if you would like to symbolically adopt one of these babies.

Our little red orphans have had a very tough start to life. They were found barely clinging to life among hundreds of dead babies in a colony in central QLD. We aren’t sure what has caused this event but we are thankful that in cooperation with local carers we were able to save as many as we could. Our supporter’s generous donations allowed us to fly the rescued babies to Brisbane. This helped to further reduce their stress and trauma, as these babies were very compromised. It has been touch and go for a lot of these babies but our carers have provided first class care to give them their best possible chance. We are very proud to showcase our babies that are now growing and thriving!

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The first of our little red babies in crèche are settling in well. They are having a blast flying around the aviary, making new friends and feeding on the browse provided. The adult little reds have been showing the babies the ropes which helps them to become dehumanised faster and learn important bat manners they will need once released. Our little reds are very sensitive to cold temperatures, spending our winter further north where it’s warmer. Because of this we have installed a heat lamp with a snuggly ‘room’ of blankets which has proven to be extremely popular. We are hoping it won’t be too much longer until the little reds make their way south and our babies can take their next step towards release.

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What else are friends for 😍 This pair of little red orphans have been tucking into their special fruit smoothie mix and managed to dunk their whole head in the bowl! This is a bonded pair of babies who have been raised together so each waited patiently while they had their face thoroughly cleaned by the other. Little red flying foxes are the most social of our flying foxes (and that is saying something!). Little reds love nothing more than snuggling all together on a tree branch while in a colony. In care, our babies also cuddle all together in a little hanging pile while they sleep. Little reds are also very gentle and affectionate lovers; even engaging in post coitus snuggles with their partner.

These gentle little flying foxes are an absolute pleasure to have in care. It won’t be long until this pair leave their carer and head to the pre crèche aviary with our older babies!

We gratefully invite symbolic adoption for these sweet little boys. We suggest a donation of AUD$90 each to cover their costs while in care. We'll send you a pdf adoption certificate with the name you've chosen for your orphan and our sincere thanks. Please comment "adopted" if you'd like to adopt and we'll be in touch.
Your donation is tax deductible in Australia.

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Spring and summer is our busiest time of year. As the weather warms up, heavily pregnant females start getting themselves into trouble and once babies are born our rescues significantly pick up. Often when a baby flying fox is in trouble you don’t see them, you can only hear them calling. They have a distinct chirping call which is very different to how an adult flying fox sounds. If you are unsure you can play this video back and a baby will respond to it. Please keep an ear out for this call and give us, or your local wildlife rescue, a call immediately if you find a baby by itself. Never touch or pick up a bat yourself, putting a box or washing basket over a bat is a great way to keep them safe until we can get there.

There are a multitude of reasons that a baby may end up by itself. If everyone keeps an ear out we can save more tiny lives this season.

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The day has come for the first of our little red babies to head to pre crèche. Our babies are lovingly raised at each of our carers' homes. When they reach around 12 weeks old they are weaned and leave their carer for the next step on their journey to release. Pre crèche is a big flight aviary with lots of other orphans and adult bats for our babies to meet, socialise and learn manners from. This is where our babies can start practicing their flying for real and building up those flight muscles which are so crucial. They will start to become dehumanised as they have said goodbye to their carer and human interaction is limited to feeding and cleaning. Because little reds are not meant to be in Brisbane at this time of year, we need to wait for them to arrive before releasing our babies through our soft release crèche aviary. With the weather warming quickly and so many gum trees in flower we are hoping they are not far from arriving and we can get our babies released and back where they are meant to be ASAP.

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Matcha has come a long way since she was rescued over 6 weeks ago! We posted a couple of videos of this girl wearing her sock dress. We think that Match was grabbed and flung by a bird that injured her wing quite badly. Thankfully it was a recoverable injury so she just had to wear a sock for a couple of weeks to stop her from using her wing while it healed. Even with the sock still on she enthusiastically flapped her free wing so she was ecstatic to be able to fully flap once the sock came off. Now she has taken this a step further and has started doing short flights. Her and her siblings are currently in a soft cat enclosure to prevent any accidental crash landings but tomorrow they will be heading to the flight aviary!!

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We will never get tired of watching our bats grooming! The weird and wonderful positions they are able to contort into ensure they can clean every little nook and crevice of their wings. Our bats spend a lot of time cleaning themselves and there is nothing they love more than a thorough groom in the sunshine. Unlike what many people think, bats are very clean animals. They groom their fur and clean their wings with their long and textured tongue like a cat. Their feet also act as a handy comb that they can use to comb out bits of fruit or other miscellaneous things that may end up stuck in their fur. In this video we have Starbuck and Summer, a pair of orphaned little red flying foxes. This pair are nearly 12 weeks old so have not needed their carers help to keep clean for a few weeks now!

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This is a video that we and Batzilla the Bat put together for International Bat Night recently. Learn about how we raise our babies, take a tour of Denise's bat room and step into her flight aviary. Denise is our senior trauma carer so is a wealth of knowledge and experience 🦇 ... See MoreSee Less

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This is a video that we and Batzilla the Bat put together for International Bat Night recently. Learn about how we raise our babies, take a tour of Denise's bat room and step into her flight aviary. Denise is our senior trauma carer so is a wealth of knowledge and experience 🦇 ... See MoreSee Less

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A few people have noticed our flying foxes active ears in videos. Our flying foxes have exceptional hearing and are able to move each ear independently to focus on different sounds around them. They have an incredible range of movement, both swivelling side to side and lifting them up and down. Our flying foxes don’t echolocate so their ears are designed to hear lower frequency sounds which are also audible to us. A fun fact is that the closer together the ridges within a bats ear the higher the frequency they are designed to pick up! Microbats with echolocation calls so high pitched we can’t hear them have ridges very close together while flying foxes are far apart.

A small rustle of a leaf or a whir on the wind may mark the presence of a python or raptor. Our bats hearing is critical and our babies, like Kenzo here, are getting in good practice to catalog the sounds around them.

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