Bats.... Flying Fox

Our 'other' passion is the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned baby Flying Foxes.

We are licensed Wildlife Rehabilitation Officers specialising in Flying Foxes and have successfully hand raised 
many orphaned flying fox babies and released them back into the wild over the past four years. 

 I would like to add that the carers in our local network are all volunteers,
who freely donate their time and money to helping the winged ones!

Should you wish to make a donation of fruit, money or your time, please ontact your local organisation.

Here are some of our success stories...

Australian Flying Foxes – The Bat Order Chiroptera has two sub orders
Megachiropterans (Megabats - big bats) and 
Microchiropterans (Small bats – micro bats)
Family Chiroptera, subfamily Megachiroptera, genus Pteropus (flying-foxes)

A few bat facts:

  • Fruit bats are the major pollinator for many plants. Some Australian species such as North Queensland Durian, fruit bats are the only way the Durian is pollinated and spread thoughout the rainforest.
  • Flying fox are mammals and not marsupials, they do not have a pouch.
  • A female flying fox is pregnant for six months.   
  • Flying fox babies are born well developed, with their eyes open and fully furred (except for their stomach, which is furless).  
  • They normally have a single baby and suckle their young at teats. The flying fox teats are positioned under their arms, in their arm pits. 
  • The young are carried by their mother until they are too big (at approximately 10 weeks old). They are then left behind during the night, creched in maternity camps.

Although this is not a 'nice' picture, it is reality but need not be the end result!  Please read on.....

Many flying fox get caught in barbed wire fencing,
this is a slow and agonising death.....

If you come across an injured bat please DO NOT handle it! but provide some shade
over the bat and contact your local Wildlife Rescue provided below.

Please look over the Tolga Bat Rescue and Research website. This organisation provides research scientists vaulable access to bats of all types and also provides residential schools for volunteers interested is this special animal.

Here are a few photos of their facility.

Local Wildlife Rescue Organisations

Gold Coast

 0447 222889 (0447 2BATTY!)

Sunshine Coast

(07) 5441 6200

Lockyer Valley

(07) 4697 5122

Rockhampton Wildlife Rescue Association Inc, PO BOX 5888

 0437 556 744

Calliope / Gladstone area
- Henry & Suzanne

 4975 7612

Yeppoon - Val & Pieter

 4938 3141

Mackay - A.N.A.C.A.R.A

 4942 8144

Brisbane - O.N.A.R.R.

 3030 2245

Bundaberg - Bundaberg & District Wildlife Carers

 4159 1504

Bundaberg - Bundaberg Wildlife   Rescue Service

 4155 1097 or     0427 315 658

Caboolture - Caboolture Koala Care &  Rescue

 0401 080 333


 For more rescue contacts throughout Australia and information available via these links:

Contact Details

Taryn Jones
Rockhampton, Central Queensland, 4702
Tooshay Poms [email protected]