Little Red flying foxes do not usually give birth on the Atherton Tablelands and so we rarely have them come into care in great numbers. Most years we have a few, coming in from the surrounding areas where the winters are much warmer. We find them as easy to rear as the Spectacled flying foxes and use the same milk powders. Releasing them is more difficult as there is not always a colony of Little Reds nearby and so it is difficult to give them a soft release program. Tolga Scrubs usually the first camp established once the Little Reds fly south after winter and so we usually creche all the orphans in north Queensland, from about Townsville north.
There have been starvation events in recent years where significant numbers of young are found dead under the camp. We think that food shortages mean the mothers do not have enough milk and have to abandon their young. This species almost entirely feeds on nectar and so is very dependent on climatic conditions that determine flowering and nectar production.
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