Firstly, the Rainforest Bat Rehabilitation centre works towards the conservation of bats. Additionally, this importantly extends to their habitat. And this is to ensure that the bats have somewhere to return to after rehabilitation.
Unfortunately, there is a low opinion and attitude towards bats and also flying foxes. And so the loss and destruction of habitats known to be one of the root causes of many problems facing bat conservation in Australia. And so, the centre strives to restore these habitats.
- The Rainforest Bat Rehabilitation project aims are:
- Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release of hundreds of bats each year
- Lifetime sanctuary for bats that are too severely injured to return to the wild
- Lifetime sanctuary for bats that have been retired from zoos
- Educating the public about bats through schools
- Education through the Visitor Centre
- Habitat restoration work at 2 bat colonies
- Facilitating research by several universities and government bodies
- Promotion and awareness for bats.
There are four species of Australian flying foxes that are in permanent care at the Rehabilitation Centre. Also including tube-nosed bats and microbats. Which also need to be cared for and returned to the wild where possible.
Therefore, a purpose built visitor’s centre opened in 2009. The education programs that are provided are aimed at local communities. Including, but not exclusive to, students and tourists to the area.
The Bat Rehabilitation project requires voluntary help to keep the project running. So as a volunteer, your input will be invaluable to meeting the aims set out. Particularly busy periods of the year include the aptly named tick paralysis season. During this time there will be a great number of bats. Both adults and orphans come in to care at the project.
Your daily activities will consist of:
- Rescue calls
- Emergency medical treatment
- Prepare food for the adult bats
- Preparing milk for the babies
- Feed, clean, weigh and measure the orphan bats
- Cleaning cages
- Washing large amounts of items
- Releasing bats in the rainforest (depending on season)
- Miscellaneous projects around the hospital
- Visitors Centre Environmental education activities (June to September)