‘Our Bats’ refer to those that come into care through our rescue, rehabilitation and release program or remain with us in permanent care. Up to a thousand bats are cared for each year under a Rehabilitation Permit from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science (WA0015425). Many are eventually released, fit and healthy, back into the wild. Our main patients are endangered Spectacled flying foxes afflicted or orphaned by tick paralysis and Little Red flying foxes entangled in barbed wire. We also care for little bats – the insect-eating microbats and small fruit and nectar bats. Some residents are in long-term care under an Exhibition Permit from Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (PRID000606). Some of them have come off our Rehabilitation Permit because they can’t survive in the wild or they have been retired from zoos.
An excellent resource for the distribution of Australian bats is the BatMap on the Australasian Bat Society website.