Spectacled flying fox (Pteropus conspicillatus)
Spectacled flying foxes are the main species we care for at the Bat Hospital. Most come in as as result of tick paralysis, some from entanglement on barbed wire fences, and a few from entanglement in netting over backyard fruit trees. Since 1990 many thousands have been rescued and released, to date (2020) over 4000 of them orphans. When handled and housed correctly they are usually remarkably calm to rescue and rehabilitate.
Endangered Spectacled flying fox
Spectacled flying foxes were up-listed by the federal government in 2019 from vulnerable to endangered. Many believe they are eligible for further up-listing to critically endangered following a severe heat stress event in late November 2018. Research led by Dr David Westcott of CSIRO has contributed greatly to knowledge of this species over many years, including population data. A recovery team for the species has been established and its first meeting was in August 2020. A submission was made in mid 2021 to uplift the species to critically endangered.