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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This lovely little boy is Macaroni the baby grey headed flying fox. Macaroni was spotted by one of our dedicated volunteers monitoring her local colony. Macaroni was up high in a tree without his mum in sight. Unsure if his mum would be back, our volunteer waited until the next day to confirm Macaroni was indeed alone and in need of rescue. Using one of our fantastic 17m rescue poles, our volunteer was able to retrieve Macaroni and get him the care he needed. He’s dehydrated and underweight meaning his mum has not returned for a couple of days. Flying foxes do not abandon their babies so sadly we suspect something has happened to his mum. Thankfully due to our volunteers dedication and our followers generous support to purchase our rescue pole, Macaroni will thrive in our care before his eventual release.

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 panda impersonator is Henry the black flying fox. Henry was spotted by one of our amazing volunteers as she checked a colony looking for bats affected by paralysis syndrome. This volunteer is very experienced with paralysis syndrome and could see straight away that Henry was in trouble. After the rest of the colony had flown out, our volunteer rescued Henry with one of our fantastic new 10m rescue poles. Thankfully Henry’s symptoms were not too severe and he has been recovering well with supportive care. It will take Henry some weeks to regain his strength but he will be released once he’s strong enough.

In the photos we have Henry enjoying our smoothie so much he used it as a face mask. And Henry in the aviary with his fan squad of babies.

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 have still been heavily involved helping with the worrying situation at the Bunya Mountains. If you missed our post last week, hundreds of baby grey headed flying foxes are being recovered from a colony a couple of hours north of us. All of the local bat groups have been banding together to transport, assess and place these babies in to care. With all of our places quickly filling, our friends further north have given us a hand and taken 30 of these babies in to their care. Over the weekend our rescuers went to the colony to assist in rescuing as many babies in distress as possible, they were then transported to one of our trauma carers in Brisbane for stabilisation, assessment and care. All 30 babies were cared for over the weekend until a seamless transport north was organised. It is fantastic that all of the bat groups locally and further afield can band together like this to respond to emergency situations. We are so grateful to be a part of an amazing bat community! Rescue numbers have dropped in the colony over the past couple of days but with storms on the horizon we will need to stay vigilant and see what tomorrow brings.

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 have been incredibly busy dealing with an ongoing situation a couple of hours north of Brisbane. A colony of threatened grey headed flying foxes is in distress with large numbers of babies being found deceased or in need of rescue. We have had trauma carers and rescuers up there helping a very dedicated local carer rescue as many babies as possible. We have also been working closely with local groups and those further afield to place this massive influx of babies. We do not know what is causing this event but are in contact with the government and researchers to try and determine the cause. Over 100 babies have been rescued so far and our carers are putting their all in to rescuing, transporting, stabilising and caring for these babies. From 5-10 babies are being rescued each day but we received 25 just yesterday. Please keep us in your thoughts as we do our best to help our bats.

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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Some of the orphans in care with one of our rehabbers enjoying the sun. A lot of people don’t realise that flying foxes are sun loving! Sun is important for our babies development and to prevent fungal infections. All of our babies in care get time out in the sun each day which they thoroughly enjoy.

In this video we have Linguine, Béchamel, Tortellini, Risoni and Gnocchi.

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 little girl is Spaghetti the baby black flying fox. She was found being attacked by crows and a kind passerby shooed them off and gave us a call. Spaghetti had a few serious injuries from the crows that have required ongoing treatment but we are so pleased to report she is doing well. Although predation of our bats is normal, humans have caused an artificially high population of these birds in 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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This stunning boy is Chunkerama the baby black flying fox. Chunky was found on the ground, unmoving under powerlines. This likely means his mum was electrocuted and dropped him. A kind passerby spotted him and gave us a call. Sweet Chunky was in a sorry state when he arrived at our trauma carers house. Although a good weight, he was ice cold and in shock. Fearing he wouldn’t make it our trauma carer jumped in to action trying to get him stable. Due to our followers generous support over the years, we are so fortunate to have specialist equipment. Chunky was warmed up in a humidicrib and had oxygen via an oxygen concentrator. After 24hours of warmth, fluids and glucose Chunky started to perk up. We are so glad to say that Chunky is now a perfectly healthy (although a little chunky) and happy baby flying fox. Chunky will be released back in to the wild when he’s old enough.

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This beautiful girl is Risoni the baby black flying fox. Risoni was found in a very bad way on the ground near the city. A kind passerby spotted her and called us but sadly we could not locate Risoni with the directions they gave. Thankfully another kind passerby also spotted her and called us so we were able to rescue her. Risoni had some very serious injuries from being thrown around by birds and we weren’t sure if she would make it. Some intensive care and tlc by her carer has her well on the way to a full recovery. Risoni will be raised in our care before she is big enough to be soft released back in 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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This is the story of the gorgeous Lucky's rescue.
Some kindy children walked to a nearby park with their teachers and noticed a bat hanging in a tree. They realized this wasn’t right, looked closer, and saw the poor adult bat had passed but she had a very much alive baby clinging to her body.
They immediately gave us a call. Our rescuer was close by so the children watched from a safe distance as the pair were brought down from the tree.
The teacher said, “A truly unique learning experience that nature gave us. Simultaneous wonder and heartbreak.”
On return to their kindy, the children voted on her name and did drawings of baby bats.
Lucky was just eight days old at the time. Now two weeks old, she’s doing really well. Thank you so much for calling to get Lucky the help she needed. ❤

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This lovely little man is Muntrie, the baby black flying fox. As luck would have it Muntrie was found calling in the backyard of one of our own new members! She knew the call she could hear was a baby flying fox in trouble and went in search. She discovered little Muntrie, skinny, cold and all alone. Muntrie had also had a bit of a knock to the head and was suffering a mild concussion. We aren’t sure what happened to Muntrie’s mum but they are dedicated mothers and do not voluntarily abandon their young. Muntrie spent a few days recovering from his concussion and putting on some much needed weight before settling fully in to our care. Muntrie will be raised in our care before being soft released back in to the wild when he’s old enough.

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