Adelaide Bat Care
PLEASE do not handle any Bats. Contact us so that we can help them safely.
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
Metropolitan Areas: Sue Westover, Fauna Rescue SA on 0475 132 093
Murraylands: Rachael Yeend on 0403 269 953
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
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.
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!
Check out these Bat Educational Videos from Totally Wild (Microbats) and Sydney Bats (Megabats/Flying-foxes/aka Fruit Bats) and learn so much more!!
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...
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!
..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!...read more
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....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!