Bat Conservation & Rescue Queensland

We’re Bat Conservation and Rescue Queensland
and we cover 3000 square kilometres of Greater Brisbane. This is our Halloween event with Redlands
City Council and we have this every year. We’ll be watching a fly-out of the flying
foxes, the Black Swamp in Cleveland has a colony of about 3,000 flying foxes, so we’ll
be watching that fly-out and hopefully looking at mothers flying out with little babies and
just hope that they all return back to the Swamp in the morning all safe and sound. If
not, we’ll rescue them! This is Oscar, and he’s a great ambassador
for our organisation so he comes out to events with us and he’s a bit of a star because
he’s a grey-headed flying fox and he shows people that they’re really magnificent animals
that deserve a lot better press than what they’ve been getting. We’re writing to politicians all the time,
talking about culls, there’s no need to cull flying foxes they’re actually on rapid
demise anyway. The reason why we had large numbers of flying foxes in South East Queensland
just recently was because of the floods, and when you have great rains you have great flowering,
so our forests were in a fantastic flowering event so all the flying foxes came from Victoria
and New South Wales for a holiday in Queensland! now so we’re back to about normal numbers
again. We also work a lot on cause, so any flying
foxes that are stuck in netting for instance, we try to talk to the homeowner about using
something other than backyard fruit tree netting which is a really big killer of flying foxes
up and down the east coast of Australia. We’ve got members that are just associate
members, and they can help with events, they can go on management committees for all sorts
of different things that we have – chocolate fundraising and coming on events and celebrating
bats with us. And then the active members, anybody that
handles flying foxes must be vaccinated to protect them against Australian Bat Lyssavirus
– the only virus that the flying foxes can give to humans. They help us then with our
rescue, so they go out and maybe we’ve got a call for a rescue off barbed wire or backyard
fruit tree netting so we’d give them a call and hopefully they’re able to go and rescue
the bat and then take it into care and look after it for us until its ready to go back
to the wild. We probably have more flying foxes in the
city of Brisbane than any other city in Australia, so there’s a great need for rescuers and
carers. When people get to see them and get to meet
flying foxes up close they really change their attitude to how beautiful they really are. The ultimate goal is every bat we rescue,
we want to put back.

3 thoughts on “Bat Conservation & Rescue Queensland

  1. Thankyou so very much for sharing such positive information about these precious bats with us all. Mary, Adelaide Bat Care

  2. Thank you, Louise for all that you do and your dedication to bats!

    Maj. Shayron Alvarado USAF
    United States Armed Services Bat Advocate Personnel

  3. Thank you for all you do for these wonderful, and sadly misunderstood creatures. Keep up with the great work and spreading the word about these magnificent mammals!

    p.s. I think Oscar there has a bit of sunglass envy 😉

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