Adelaide Bat Care
PLEASE do not handle any Bats. Contact us so that we can help them safely.
MANY HUNDREDS OF BATS WILL DIE EVERY SUMMER THROUGH HEAT STRESS, ELECTROCUTIONS ON POWER LINES, BARBED-WIRE FENCE ENTANGLEMENT AND ENTANGLEMENT IN DEADLY BIRD NETTING ON FRUIT TREES.
Please contact the Botanic Gardens of South Australia on Telephone: 8222 9311 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!
NO TOUCH = NO RISK
BAT URINE AND FAECES ARE NOT AN ISSUE
LESS THAN 1% OF ALL BAT SPECIES MAY BE INFECTED WITH VERY RARE VIRUSES.
IF I AM UNCONTACTABLE WITHIN 15 MINUTES, PLEASE CONTACT:
Adelaide Zoo’s Animal Health Centre on Telephone: 8230 1274
Adelaide Hills: Katrina Boardman on 0488 518 615
Murraylands: Rachael Yeend on 0403 269 953
Wynn Vale: Sue Westover on 0474 204 617
OTHER IMPORTANT CONTACTS:
Terry Reardon, Bat Expert on 0404 448 196
James Smith, SA Museum on 0406 400 933 – Bats in Buildings
Aimee Linke, Bat Expert, SA Landcare, Murraylands on 0427 590 344
Annette Scanlon, Bat Expert, University of Adelaide/SA on 0488 919 218
Chris Grant, Bat Expert, 0403 957 755
Check out these Bat Educational Videos from Totally Wild (Microbats) and Sydney Bats (Megabats/Flying-foxes/aka Fruit Bats) and learn so much more!!
November 2016 – Our Grey-headed Flying-foxes here in Adelaide are having their beautiful single baby at present. The entire spectacular Colony (estimated at approximately 10,000) still call the Botanic Parklands their home (since 2010) just outside of Adelaide Zoo’s Entrance near the foot-bridge. There is no risk to us if we just observe and never touch Bats. Their droppings and urine are of no risk. No touch = no risk.
Report any Sightings …
Please email me if you have been seeing the Grey-headed Flying-foxes feeding in any part of South Australia as this important information is being gathered by our wonderful Bat Scientists. The Grey-headed Flying-fox is a Vulnerable Species so please be kind and allow them to feed on all our lovely NATIVE fruits, blossoms and nectar. They also love the Moreton Bay Fig trees fruiting at present and all the Eucalyptus and Angophora blossoms, nectar and are out and about pollinating.
Suburbs where they have been spotted recently include Henley Beach, Glandore, Ridgehaven, Oaklands Park, Allenby Gardens, Croydon, Norwood, Largs Bay, Flinders Park, Morphett Vale, the City suburbs and through the Adelaide Hills from Mylor and Houghton and as far as Echunga! Please observe and let us know the trees they are feeding on and if you can shine a quick light on them, how many may be feeding. You may even see their special baby with them!
Please report any Flying-foxes deceased or alive to us by email – email@example.com or leave a message on 0422 182 443 PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB THEM! They are feeding on delicious Nectar and Pollen from beautiful flowering Eucalyptus and other Native Tree species...read more
Please contact the Discovery Centre at the South Australian Museum on Telephone: 8207 7404 to discuss Microbats co-existing with humans. SOME ESSENTIAL READING: ABLV (Australian Bat Lyssavirus) is a very rare rabies-associated virus and some Australian bats can be...read more
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). ...read more
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,...read more
Living with Bats – eBook
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 Flying-fox or Microbat …
Phone immediately 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 Flying-fox or Microbat …
- 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 Resources, SA Health, and the Australasian Bat Society
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copy of this brilliant Bat Carer’s Manual for just a small cost! Thankyou Denise for sharing with us all!