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Gone Batty

Queensland Parks and Wildlife is looking for help to identify and monitor local flying-fox colonies.

Two species of flying-fox can be found in the Whitsunday region. The best-known is the black flying-fox (Pteropus alecto) – a permanent resident of the area and the largest of the flying-fox species. At times the nomadic little red flying-fox (Pteropus scapulatus) also shows up, often sharing a daytime roosting site with its much larger cousin.

Surprisingly little is known about the distribution and abundance of flying-fox populations. Flying-foxes and their relatives are all fruit and nectar feeders. The loss of food trees and roosting sites due to pastoral clearing and coastal development has raised concerns that some flying-fox species may be in serious trouble.

A Statewide flying-fox monitoring project is aiming to monitor the relative distribution and abundance of flying-foxes within Queensland. Anyone who knows the location of a flying-fox colony or thinks they might like to help out can call the local Queensland Parks and Wildlife office on 07 4967 7365.

Peter Sykes
Queensland Parks & Wildlife

Pteropus scapulatus (little red flying-fox) © Bruce Thomson, EPA

Fauna Rescue Whitsundays Association Inc. is a voluntary home based organisation, with little overheads and working in a very cost effective manner. There is no government funding at this stage.
Our members do cover the costs of food, facilities and some Veterinary attention. We already receive excellent support from our local vets who work for little or no remuneration We are hoping to raise enough support from membership fees, donations and fundraising activities to help cover the cost of animal food and supplies , vet bills and much needed housing for the different species of animals in our care.All money donated to us is also tax deductible.
Membership is not limited to residents of the Whitsunday area. We have members from as faraway as Japan, Germany and England, who's membership help us care for wildlife. You can help us with the following things.
Always needed & wanted
Articles for Newsletters
Marsupial Carers
Material for Aviaries
Shade Cloth
Baby Baths
Injured Wildlife?
First Aid Supplies
Stationary Supplies
Animal Food
Star Pickets/fencing wire
1300 ANIMAL (264 625)
Members of the public who find an injured animal can call 1300 ANIMAL (264 625) to report the injured animal. The call centre, which will be resourced by the RSPCA, will then direct the call to the nearest wildlife carer or rescuer in the area, using its database.
Calls reporting domestic animals will be connected to the nearest council officers or RSPCA ambulance. This is a Qld wide number.
Fauna Rescue Whitsundays Association Inc hotline number is now listed on this database.

If you are interested in becoming a member or by helping in way of a donation of any of the above and let us know. We will get back to you as soon as we can

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