This hospital dedicates its efforts to rescuing sick, injured and orphaned bats and treats all four species of Australian flying foxes, including Spectacled flying foxes and Little Red flying foxes, Tube-Nosed Fruit bats, and even a few microbats such as such as Nyctophilus and 3 species of Freetails. Common problems seen at the centre include tick paralysis, injuries from entanglement in barbed wire fencing, and bat pups that have been orphaned for a variety of reasons.
This organization believes that education is the best antidote for the prevalence of poor public attitudes towards bats and flying foxes in particular and offers educational programs through their visitor centre. Our volunteers will not only be working hands on with these amazing and endangered pollinators, they will also be educating the public about conservation.
- Hands on work with flying foxes!
- Live on site- your commute is just walking down the path to work!
- Immersion volunteering, live, eat, volunteer and play with other international bat lovers.
- Volunteer with local bat scientists, biologists and conservationists.
- No experience needed, all the training on the ground will help you keep safe while helping flying foxes.
Action is needed now to rescue and rehabilitate bats and to educate the public on their value and the need for conservation efforts. By helping our partner in Australia, you are joining forces with an award winning organization on the fore-front of bat conservation. The bat hospital provides wildlife care, education of the public, advocacy and bat research. They form partnerships within the community and negotiate habitat protection at the local level. As a volunteer you will experience all aspects of bat rehabilitation. You will learn how to hand-raise baby
bats and understand what is involved in their eventual release back into the wild. During the busy season you will work with hundreds of bats in all aspects of their care, and become familiar with the issues surrounding bat conservation in Australia. If you are interested in working with bats in the future – or becoming a voice for public education – this is your perfect opportunity.