Project Description

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, over 4000 of them orphans. When handled and housed correctly they are usually remarkably calm to rescue and rehabilitate.  The species are likely to get listed by the federal government in 2019 as endangered, although many believe the current data shows they deserve critically endangered. Research led by Dr David Westcott of CSIRO over the last 15 years has led to a lot more knowledge of this species, including the population data.