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.

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!

0422 182 443

NO TOUCH = NO RISK

BAT URINE AND FAECES IS 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, Sue Westover on 0474 204 617 or Katrina Boardman on 0488 518 615


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!...

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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....

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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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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 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 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!