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Living with Bats
16 Apr 2008
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Bat Care Brisbane is a self-funded volutneer organisation. It's members are permitted under the Environment protection Agency to care for sick, injured and orphaned flying-foxes and micro-bats. We cover 3,000km2 of the greater Brisbane region.

We also aim to improve the local environment for our urban bats by planting trees, giving talks with education animals and by reducing the risks of harm. Bats suffer from ignorance within the community and bad media when they are truely forest heroes.

Dominant forest species, our eucalypts, rely heavly on lorrikeets and flying-foxes for polination. This polinantion is critical to the survivial of our forests in times of climate change. We need to ensure their populations do not suffer a continuing decline.

Bats belong to the community we all need to protect them from harm. This can be done be reporting all electrocultions as there maybe live babies on dead mothers with other animals being are drawn to their death. To prevent this we can work towards upgrading powerlines therby preventing further deaths.

We also need to limit the use of barbed wired in our urban environment, find alternatives and never plant natives near barbed wired. For backyard fruit tree protection never use monofillament netting - it is cruel and deadly to wildlfe. The cocos palm is becoming an urban weed and can also kill a flying-fox in many different ways. One of these is by dog attack when bats go to the ground to eat dropped fruit.

Batcare is working towards the minimisation of these threats by providing community education and factual information. We mainitain three education animals so that perople can have an un-close and personal experience - this always changes attitudes.

The orphaned baby flying-foxes are the icing on the cake for our volunteers. After the horror of the rescues, raising a baby can change peoples lives.

We also care for micro-bats - the forgotten species. One single micro-bat can consume 1200 mosquito sized insects in just one hour.

Protect our bats from harm. help us in our task. If you see an injured bat please do not try to help it, like any wild animal it may bite but please report it so we can hopefully return it to the wild.

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