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Enjoy our second release of our 2017/18 seasons orphans
Our 2018 birthing season has begun
Our 2018 birthing season has begun, with a number of premature pups found dead within the Cairns CBD colony within the past week as well as a couple of pregnant mothers suffering from the effects of tick paraylsis.
After the devastating numbers we had last season, our carers are bracing themselves for the worst
Birthing season began early this year with our first orphan coming into care in mid September. I have still have a dozen late season pups I'm currently raising with over 1150 found dead or abandoned from one camp.
This is an unprecedented tally and the worst wildlife event I have ever witnessed and the worst in history in FNQ. Fundraising efforts will now be used to help us this season which is predicted to be as bad if not worse than the one we just experienced.
Education is the key to demonstrating not only how much work is involved in wildlife rehabilitation but the serious impact on our environment from the loss of species of animals.
Flying foxes are a keystone species, many plants rely on them for survival. They play important roles in seed dispersal and as long distance pollinators. Most people understand the importance of bees for pollination but often don't realise, flying foxes play an equal role in this as well. Many of our native tree species are night flowering, requiring nocturnal animals to aid in pollination.
I have created both a crowd funding campaign and product launch to help raise the vital funds to support all carers in FNQ raising orphans as well as a second fund to set up an education centre. Follow the links to contribute to this project or visit my store to purchase one of these products.
The impact of this event on an already declining keystone species has huge implications for our environment.
Flying fox orphan fundraiser
Our 2017/18 birthing season
unpredecented death and abandonment
Our 2017/18 we had in excess of 1160 dead or orphaned Spectacled flying foxes found from our Cairns Library colony.
No heat events
The colony is 4000 in size and the tolls are our largest in recorded history.
Why did this happen?
The only different factor from this season to the previous is the clearing of trees on the adjacent block to make way for a multi-million dollar hotel development which is currently under construction. The construction company uses equipment such as pile drivers and cranes, which arms swing directly over the roost trees.
Due to the number of orphans found it became necessary to seek assistance outside of Far North Queensland, The Australian Bat Clinic in Brisbane came to our aid, collecting 100 orphans from us in November to raise in their facility before the return them to us for release in the wet tropics.
this colony is listed federally of national significance. We are imploring federal government and governing bodies to investigate this event and make changes to laws protecting these animals. Spectacled flying foxes are listed nationally as vunerable to extinction and threatened under Queensland law.
With the population declining by 78% between 1985-2000 where it was recorded as being 820 000, declining a further 35% in the 2 years that followed.
They give birth to one pup each year and reach sexual maturity at 2 years of age with most not successfully rearing pups until they are of 3 years of age.
In 2018, The Novotel Oasis Hotel, situated next to the construction site had their application to remove 14 trees including 3 Spectacled flying fox roost trees cut down.
on September 2nd, 2018, this work was carried out
further adding pressure to the already stressed CBD colony which had already lost 65% of its roost trees in the past 4 years. The impact of this action can be seen by last birthing seasons tolls.
Flying foxes face many challenges.
A small army of dedicated people are trying to change this.
In February 2017 I joined the Cairns Flying fox Advisory Board and have been involved in many issues and events, from the School holiday 'Bat Chat' program in Cairns, to the Bat festival and recent dispersal activities in Mareeba, as a advocate of the flying foxes and to be on hand for any rescues should they occur.
Flying foxes are also loosing habitat.
The 25+yr old breeding camp in Cairns which is listed as a camp of significance and therefore protected under state and federal law, had trees removed on the adjacent block to make way for a hotel. raising the issue, where do these animals go.
More effort is needed to protect these animals and that can only be done through education. I hear so many myths and incorrect information about flying foxes.
Flying foxes are a native animal, not feral.
They are of VITAL importance to our ecosystem, as important as bees.
Disease risk in rare, Lyssavirus affects less than 1% of flying foxes and it kills them too, very quickly.
If you see an injured flying fox, do not touch it. Call an experienced and immunised wildlife group/carer.
Only 3 people have died from Lyssavirus and all 3 could have been prevented. If you are scratched or bitten by a flying fox, wash the area for 5 mins under water then visit you doctor or hospital for post exposure immunisation
Hendra virus can not be contracted from direct contact with a flying fox.
Bat droppings have no more disease risks than dropping of any other species.
If you want trees
you need flying foxes
Other important wildlife organisations needing our help.
Batreach was established to help preserve Australia's unique wildlife. Their main area of care is with arboreal animals. This includes bats, possums and gliders, however they do accept any orphaned or injured native animal. Based in far north Queensland they care for a huge range of species with some on the endangered list.
Australian Wildlife Conservancy
Australian Wildlife Conservancy had a brilliant pro active approach to conservation, helping endemic species across Australia in their many santuary locations, jump on their site to learn more about their work
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Black Jaguar White Tiger
Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation are based in Mexico and care for a variety of big cats trying to reverse the damage people have done to these animals, they believe in a life governed by love and respect, donations are well utilised with this dedicated organisation, jump on their site to learn me
World Animal Protection
This organisation has spent the last 50 years campaigning to protect both wild and domestic animals worldwide from mass culling, the horrors of so called entertainment such as bear baiting, or the damage caused to marine life from discarded fishing gear, it is now hitting the tourism industry directly. Through its Compassionate Travel campaign it is reaching out to international bodies to put a stop to the unnecessary use of wild animals in tourism.This earnt them the gold award in the 'Best animal welfare initiative' in 2014 with responsibletravel.com
Hoedspruit Endangered Species
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is dedicated to the preservation on endangered animals, check out this video about their work then jump on to their site to learn more and show your support