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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Not all our netting rescues are from fruit tree netting. This beautiful girl, Rose, named after the pretty towel donated by the caller – thank you! – became tangled in a backyard soccer net, which was near a flowering tree. We’re delighted to say the soccer net has been removed.
This week we heard the wonderful news that the ACT, some parts of it at least, have joined Victoria in banning fruit tree netting with holes 5mm square and bigger. We urge all other states and territories to follow this lead to prevent cruel injuries and deaths of wildlife.
Rose has a sore mouth and both wingtips are injured but she is recovering well.

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Burton is a magnificent large adult black flying fox. He had some sort of incident that landed him on the ground. He has skin off his knees and is bruised and sore and picked up pneumonia, which isn’t uncommon in bats found on the ground, especially in cooler, damp weather.
He’s taking it nice and easy while he recovers, enjoying plenty of sweet, nutritious banana smoothie. Thanks very much to the caller who phoned us so we could help this lovely man. ❤
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If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. PLEASE 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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Little Miss Mulberry has a wonderful tale of survival, staying alive on her own for up to 8 days in a mulberry tree. She was not a capable flier, so we are unsure how she ended up in the tree. Luckily fruit and rainwater helped her to get by until she was discovered and rescued.

Mulberry needed lots of cuddles and reassurance for her first week in care before joining other youngsters in our first flier group to regain her weight. Mulberry was part of the gang and got into all sorts of mischief! She has now been released back to the wild for her second chance at life.
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If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. PLEASE 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 are currently experiencing another run of paralysis syndrome cases. This condition is a localised toxicity that causes weakness, difficulty swallowing and blinking and respiratory distress. Unlike Blue who made a full recovery after many weeks in care, not all cases have a happy ending.

Blue was rescued and cared for by one of our regional members. Some weeks later when he was ready for the next stage of recovery, Blue was driven the long distance to join other bats rehabilitating in a Brisbane flight aviary. After regaining his health and strength to fly, a relay was arranged to send him back home. Blue was released by his original saviour - after she had given him some final advice and reassurance that he was a good boy!

From rescue to release, Blue was transported a total of more than 650 km (404 miles).

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If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. PLEASE 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 are a fully volunteer-run not-for-profit charity, so in this National Volunteer Week, we’d like to thank every one of our wonderful members who:

• Answer the 24/7 “bat phone”
• Rescue bats
• Care for bats – both flying foxes and microbats
• Raise orphaned bats
• Transport bats
• Release bats
• Organise events
• Apply for grants
• Raise funds
• Educate the public about bats
• Conduct internal training
• Install barbed wire mitigation
• Help at our release aviary
• Attend heat events
• Monitor colonies
• Post to social media (👋)

Some of our volunteers do more than one of these roles. Others come and help the busier members. Thank you to everyone, no matter how small or large your contribution. ❤

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If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. PLEASE 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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Summit is a lovely adult black flying fox who was seen on the ground in a park by two different people out for an early morning walk. Both these kind people phoned us so we could help him. Thank you both very much. ❤
When he was first seen, he was on his back barely moving. By the time our rescuer arrived, he’d crawled to the base of this gum tree and was trying to climb it but was too weak. Poor Summit is underweight and has some bumps and grazes. He’s recovering well in care and we’ll release him back to the wild just as soon as he’s a healthy weight and in top condition.
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If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. PLEASE 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 precious man is a Litte Red Flying fox. As adults, Little Reds are only about half the size of Black and Grey-headed Flying foxes. They are summer visitors to our part of the world and head north in the cooler months.

His carer found he loved watermelon so much, that she named him Watermelon. 🍉
You can see him using his left thumb to hold the piece while he licks the juice. And he’s using his right thumb to pull himself up to the right height to reach the piece. Flying fox thumbs are very dextrous and have many uses.
Watermelon is now well on the way to recovery. Thanks very much to the person who found him and called us.
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At this time of the year the flowering of native species, particularly melaleuca, attracts flying-foxes from other areas to S.E. Queensland. One of our members took these beautiful photos of grey-headed flying-foxes enjoying the warm autumn sun at a regional roost site. They have likely travelled a great distance from southern states to join the feast.

The grey-headed flying-fox is a species found only here in Australia. Unfortunately, due to habitat loss and other factors, numbers have declined to such an extent that the species is federally listed as Vulnerable to Extinction. In 2021 the grey-headed flying-fox joined the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species.

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If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. PLEASE 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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Meet Proddy. He’s an adult black flying fox who flew into our release facility one afternoon as the fruit for our soft-released orphans was being hung. He had an obvious injury to his wing so we caught him and brought him into care. He has such a gentle nature we’re wondering if he’s an orphan released previously who knew where to come for some easy food. He has no microchip but he could be from some years back before we began microchipping our hand-raised orphans.
Whatever his story, we’ll look after him and he can enjoy our fruit buffet every night while his wing heals.
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Dear little Bamboo is just nine weeks old and was waiting in his camp for his mum to come back from her night of foraging so he could suckle from her during the day. Sadly, something must have happened to her because she didn’t return. He waited for a few days, getting hungrier and thirstier, then bravely headed out one night to look for food, as he’d seen the bigger flying foxes do.
He spotted some lovely greenery and landed there but it turned out to be some lush, potted bamboo on a high rise balcony. Then he found he didn’t have room to fly off again.
Thank you so much to the resident for calling us. Bamboo eagerly lapped up some nutritious banana smoothie later that night and is gradually regaining weight. We’re thrilled we’ll be able to release him back to the wild when he’s bigger and a healthy weight.

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If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. PLEASE 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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