Batty Info and Links

What do I do if I find an injured or baby flying-fox or microbat?

Firstly, please do not handle the animal unless you are vaccinated against the Australian Bat Lyssavirus.

Any bat encountered during the day, either close to or on the ground is in need of assistance.  

Less than 0.5% of bats in Australia may have AUSTRALIAN BAT LYSSAVIRUS (ABL).  

To contract the virus, you would need to have been bitten or scratched by an infected animal.  Please remember that if you do not touch the flying-fox or microbat that there is no risk.  Any wild animal that is injured or trapped will be scared and therefore more likely to bite. 

If you are bitten or scratched, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water for at least 5 minutes.   Contact your local doctor or emergency department immediately.   If you are bitten or scratched, this means that the animal must be euthanised, so plese for the sake of both yourself and the bat, do not touch.

For those of you located south of Wollongong, Southern Highlands and south to Batemans Bay please call Wildlife Rescue South Coast Inc.'s 24 hour hotline on
0418 427 214

South of Batemans Bay to the Victorian border 
0417 238 921

For other areas in NSW, you can download the IFAW/NWC wildlife rescue app which is available on the  Apple Store  and  the  Android Market .
WIRES Wildlife Rescue   13 00 094 737
Sydney Wildlife    02 9413 4300

ACT Wildlife  0432 300 033
RSPCA  6287 8100 (BH)  Access Canberra - 13 22 81 (AH)

South Australia
Fauna Rescue SA O8 8289 0896

Fly by Night Bat Clinic Inc.   0409 530 541
Wildlife Victoria  1300 094 535

Australian Bat Clinic  07 5563-0333
Bat Rescue Inc.   07 5441 6200 Nambour West 
Bats QLD.  (0447) 222 889 (07) 4697 5177
Far North QLD Wildlife Rescue Wildlife - Cairns 07 4053 4467 

Northern Territory
Wildlife Rescue – Ark Aid 0 89 32 97 38 or after hours 0409 090 840 
Wildcare Inc. NT  0408 885 341 

Bat information

A large range of fact sheets can be located here Australian Bat Society's Bat Fact Packs

About Bats - Australasian Bat Society
All About Bats 
Bats Rule

International Links - Australasian Bat Society

Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation - Photo Gallery
Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation - Video Gallery

Other Educational Resources

All About Bats  An extensive educational resource about Flying Foxes. Units from Year 4 to 9 .

Microbat House

If you would like to try and entice microbats into your yard (because they eat bugs and mosquitoes), have you thought about putting up a bat box?

For instructions on how and where to erect a bat box, check out Rob Miles Youtube video  or visit this ABC Website