13 Jan Bats get a new home
Wildlife ARC have been responding to flying fox heat stress events since 2006. When heat stress events occur, high numbers of flying fox pups often need to come into care. Heat stress events are increasing in frequency, often resulting in hundreds of animals coming into care at one time. This can create a “bottleneck” in the care system when bats need to go into particular stages of care – especially because Wildlife ARC release animals on behalf of several rescue groups across NSW.
Due to increasing numbers of flying foxes needing care, Wildlife ARC’s current functional bat facility in Matcham is often at capacity, meaning that no repairs or improvements can be done on the aging structure. Through the Wildlife Heroes Large Durable Asset program, Wildlife ARC have been able to build a new, larger bat facility at McMaster’s Beach, to help take the pressure off the Matcham facility. Not only will this allow for repairs to be made at Matcham, but it will also increase the number of bats that can cared for by Wildlife ARC, especially during emergencies.