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Baby Bats Cairns

$18,268 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 360 people in 5 months
Created August 7, 2018
Help us save our Spectacled flying foxes, last season saw a devastating 1154 pups die or come into Care from one colony, our team is working to save these orphans and help the already threatened species
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Update 8
Posted by Rebecca Koller
9 days ago
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This season is far from being over. Meet Pinto, a pup found today in Cairns. Only hours old with his umbilical cord still attached and covered in dirt

He is the third newborn found in the past week
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Update 7
Posted by Rebecca Koller
14 days ago
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We are progressing through this season, but the orphans are still coming in. Unfortunately we have seen many many pups taking their first flight finding themselves in building sites within the CBD, balconies and collisions with cars.

Another wave of newborns had begun as well with two in the last 24hrs alone. We except to begin releasing pups around March but some newborns won’t be ready for release until June.

We can’t thank everyone who had donated enough. The food costs are enormous to feed what is now edging toward 900 orphans in Care. Because of everyone that had supported us we have been able to build another two aviaries and have another in construction.

The sheer volume of workload has seen a couple carers finding themselves unable to continue, the stress was too much. But some of our others carers have taken on their pups to ensure all the work done so far has not gone to waste.

Yesterday the federal government was scheduled to make a decision on upgrading this species. Currently they are threatened but due to the losses this season they now fit the criteria of critically endangered. We wait with baited breath to hear the results.

Thankyou, your support has made a huge difference in helping us save as many lives as possible. It’s been tough and will continue to be for some time. The kind words and messages of support mean more than we could say and sometimes come when they are needed most ❤️
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Update 6
Posted by Rebecca Koller
28 days ago
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone that supported us over this season
From all our carers we wish you a wonderful holiday period with your loved ones and thankyou for making this holiday period that little bit easier for us.

Enjoy seeing some of the faces who’s future is looking a lot brighter thanks to you. The first of the custom built aviaries to hold some of our orphans in complete and 80 pups moved in, and they absolutely love it. Room to fly and stretch their wings and lots of enrichment

Thankyou ❤️
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Update 5
Posted by Rebecca Koller
1 month ago
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The numbers have been calculated for the rescues and dead during our heat stress event with a devastating figure

5 colonies were affected in the Cairns region. In five short days 23139 Spectacled flying foxes died and 847 rescued.
The species population was 76000, 30% of which has been lost. Camos in Ingham and Cooktown were affected as well which would further reduce numbers left in the wild.

The pressure on carers to accomodate these numbers on top of the already 500+ in Care is enormous. For this reason I will be increasing our funding goal as a modest estimate to raise 1 flying fox to release is $100. To raise 1347 which we currently have in Care across the region would cost carers $134700

New aviaries to House these numbers are desperately needed and fruit costs will be astronomical.

This species is vital to the biodiversity of the wet tropic region and their loss will have a huge impact on our environment.
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