Adelaide Bat Care

Please do not handle any bats. Contact us so that we can help them.

MANY HUNDREDS OF BATS WILL DIE EVERY SUMMER THROUGH HEAT STRESS.

Please contact the Adelaide City Council to ask them to help install misting systems high up in the Canopy at Botanic Parklands for the Grey-headed Flying-foxes.  Many Microbats will die too, but because they are so secretive, we will never know the devastating numbers lost!

0422 182 443

ALERT/GENTLE WARNING

ELECTROCUTED GREY-HEADED FLYING-FOXES AT 87 ANZAC HIGHWAY, ASHFORD.

There are a small feeding group of these Grey-headed Flying-foxes and their young in and around these mature Small Leaved (small fruit) Fig trees (Ficus obliqua – native figs).  Two Flying-foxes have been electrocuted around these trees.  PLEASE CONTACT US URGENTLY SHOULD YOU SEE A BAT ON POWER LINES OR ON THE GROUND so that we can recover them and contact SA POWER NETWORKS to assist us if required.

BATS IN BUILDINGS

Please contact the Discovery Centre at the South Australian Museum on Telephone:  8207 7404 to discuss Microbats co-existing with humans.

During the Summer months, our Microbats are having their single young or twins!  So please be patient and get the right advice from the SA Museum Team.  Thank you.

Big Bats!

IN RECENT MONTHS, THE GREY-HEADED FLYING-FOXES (LISTED AS A VULNERABLE SPECIES), HAVE BEEN FEEDING NIGHTLY IN SUBURBS AROUND GOODWOOD, PARA HILLS, SALISBURY, WELLAND, WYNN VALE, COLLEGE PARK, DAW PARK, TUSMORE,  GLANDORE, EDWARDSTOWN, BLACK FOREST, PARADISE, CLEARVIEW, ENFIELD, STIRLING, CAMPBELLTOWN, ST AGNES, HORNSBY GULLY, WALKERVILLE, FULLLARTON, UNLEY, ST MARY’S, HILLBANK, WOODVILLE, NORWOOD, HECTORVILLE (MAY 2015) , SEATON (MAY 2015), GLANDORE AGAIN (MAY 2015), RETURNING TO EDWARDSTOWN (2015).   THEIR PERMANENT HOME IS IN THE PINES AT THE BOTANIC PARK-LANDS JUST OUTSIDE OF THE ADELAIDE ZOO ENTRANCE.

PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB THEM!  

THEY ARE FEEDING ON THE DELICIOUS NECTAR AND POLLEN FROM THE BEAUTIFUL FLOWERING EUCALYPTUS SPECIES AROUND ADELAIDE AND OUR SURROUNDING SUBURBS.  IN WINTER, THERE ARE REDUCED FLOWERING EUCALYPTUS AND THEREFORE, OUR FLYING-FOXES MAY BE VERY HUNGRY!

Adelaide has lost many lives..

..DUE TO THE RECENT HEAT STRESS EVENT ON 2 JANUARY 2015.  AN ESTIMATED DEATH-TOLL HAS REACHED WELL OVER 500 YOUNG GREY-HEADED FLYING-FOXES!!!  THE TOTAL POPULATION HERE IN ADELAIDE IS ONLY 3,000!  THIS IS THE ONLY COLONY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA – WE MUST LOOK AFTER THEM!  HEAT KILLS THEM!!!

YES, THEY ARE A LITTLE NOISY SOCIALISING, FEEDING, AND ARE STILL CARING FOR THEIR ONLY YOUNG, BUT THEY ARE HIGHLY SOCIAL LIKE SOME HUMANS IN A FOOD COURT! (TIM PEARSON), AND WILL MOVE ON ONCE THE NATIVE TREE HAS STOPPED FLOWERING.

Thank You for your patience!

Update – May 2015

If you see or find a Flying-fox (dead or alive), please promptly contact us, the Adelaide Zoo’s Animal Health Centre on Phone: 8230 1274 or Fauna Rescue of SA Inc. on 0474 204 617 or 0488 518 615 or Minton Farm Animal Rescue Centre on 0422 938 439.

ABLV (Australian Bat Lyssavirus) is a very rare rabies-associated virus and some Australian bats can be infected. There have been only 3 confirmed human cases of Australian Bat Lyssavirus within the past 17 years.  Therefore, it is very important to never handle bats – leave this to the vaccinated Bat Carers.

* Australian Bat Lyssavirus Fact Sheet: Australasian Bat Society * Hendra Virus Fact Sheet: Australasian Bat Society * Staying Safe Around Bats: SA Health

About Us

Adelaide Bat Care is a voluntary, 24 hour rescue, care and advisory service. Our bats need our help, so if you find a bat, please make contact as soon as possible so that the little bat can receive prompt attention.

24 Hour Rescue

Mobile: 0422 182 443

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MANY HUNDREDS OF BATS WILL DIE EVERY SUMMER THROUGH HEAT STRESS.

Please contact the Adelaide City Council to ask them to help install misting systems high up in the Canopy at Botanic Parklands for the Grey-headed Flying-foxes.  Many Microbats will die too, but because they are so secretive, we will never know the devastating numbers lost!

Living with Bats – eBook

batbook Living with Bats by Louise Saunders – a glorious, interactive, ‘everything you need to know’ about our precious Flying-foxes – iTunes (eBook).

What to do if you find a bat …

Phone Us For Advice Mobile: 0422 182 443

We can help you assess whether the bat actually needs rescuing or not. If the bat does not need rescuing, we can advise you of the steps to allow for the safe return of the bat, back to the night skies!

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO GIVE ANY FLUIDS OR FOOD TO THE BAT. THE BAT MAY BE IN SHOCK AND OFFERING FLUIDS OR FOOD COULD BE FATAL TO THE BAT.

What to do if you are bitten or scratched by a bat …

    • Clean The Bite Site Wash the area IMMEDIATELY with soap and water for at least five minutes. DO NOT SCRUB THE WOUND.
    • Use Antiseptic Apply Betadine (Povidone-Iodine) or any antiseptic solution to the area and contact your GP or seek other medical attention IMMEDIATELY as the Rabies Vaccine needs to be commenced/administered on the day the bite occurred.
    • Make Contact Contact SA Health – Communicable Diseases Branch on Telephone: 1300 232 272 AT ANY TIME.
    • More Information Further information can be accessed at Department of Environment, Water and Natural ResourcesSA Health, and the Australasian Bat Society

Grant Funding

ADELAIDE BAT CARE has been extremely fortunate to receive Grant Funding from the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board 2014-2015.  This Grant Funding will be used to reprint Bat Educational Pamphlets, Brochures, Stickers and other educational information for Bat Talks and Community Awareness about our wonderful Microbats and Flying-foxes of Adelaide. This Funding has also enabled Adelaide Bat Care to purchase some essential interpretive equipment for Bat Talks and Walks.

ADELAIDE BAT CARE also receives wonderful support and funding from Aimee Linke, Project Manager, Mid Murray Local Action Planning Committee towards Bat Talks, Bat Boxes and other resources.

Get your “free” Bat Pack CD today!

Please contact Aimee Linke, Project Manager, Mid Murray Local Action Planning on Mobile: 0427 590 344 for your free copy! The Bat Pack (consisting of 90 pages of Resources and Activities), is an important Educational Resource for Teachers and Students throughout Australia – many overseas people are asking for a copy too!!! Thankyou Aimee Linke and Team for this incredible Resource!

The Bat Carer´s Manual

Please email Denise Wade from Bat Conservation & Rescue Qld Inc. at rehab@bats.org.au to obtain a copy of this brilliant Bat Carer’s Manual for just a small cost! Thankyou Denise for sharing with us all!

Quick Bat Fact

Bats go into ‘torpor’ during the cooler/colder months from approximately May to August. View all bat facts!