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Tolga Bat Hospital

Spectacled Flying Foxes are classified as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Red List of Threatened Species(version 2022-1)

Spectacled Flying Fox (Pteropus conspicillatus) – Endangered*

      • Endemic mainly to Australia, these bats occur in small NE parts of Queensland.
      • Smaller populations also exist in coastal areas of Papua New Guinea, and a few islands. Such as the Indonesian island Halmahera.
      • They live in tall rainforests, gallery forest, mangroves, or paperbark forests, roosting in single-species camps.
      • They have a complex social system and spend their day in their permanent tree‐top camps.
      • They are a specialist fruit eater, feeding mostly on rainforest fruits, eucalyptus nectar and pollen.
      • In doing so they are critical pollinators and seed dispersers of at least 26 species of canopy trees.
      • They forage only during the night and range 20-30km from camp to feed.
      • They have very large wingspans of up to 1.6 metres with average wing beats of 120 per minute.
      • They have excellent vision and a sense of smell and they DO NOT use echolocation like the small, insectivorous microbats.
      • They have more than 20 different calls for communication.
      • Threats:
          • Habitat destruction by humans
          • Mortality due to paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus)
          • Disturbance at maternity colonies
          • Death of unknown numbers on barbed wire fences and powerlines
          • Predators – dogs and cats
      • Most years the main hospital admissions as a result of tick paralysis and entanglement on barbed wire fences. Although both of these threaten the spectacled flying fox, climate change is the one big overarching threat.
      • A recent heat stress event killed 30% of the population.

About Tolga Bat Hospital

Tolga Bat Hospital is an Australian community group that works for the conservation of bats and their habitat, through rescue and land care work, education, advocacy and research.

    • They work with the Australasian Bat Society, Wildlife Health Australia, Wildlife Tourism Australia as well as numerous bat carer networks.
    • The endangered spectacled flying fox is their main focus, and they are on the spectacled flying fox recovery team.
    • Started in 1990 and growing from strength-to-strength TBH is an Advanced Ecotourism accredited facility for rescue, rehabilitation, education and research.
    • Most years they are able to return 500 -1000 bats back to the wild, most of them Spectacled Flying Fox pups whose mothers have died from tick paralysis or entanglement on barbed wire fences.

TBH runs the Wildlife Friendly Fencing project, providing resources for groups all around Australia since 2006.

[* current IUCN Red List Category]

 Saving Flying Fox Orphans Wrapping a Baby Bat
 (Credit: Wild Chronicles) (Credit: Nature Picture Library) 

(photos by Tolga Bat Hospital)

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This team and their vital work needs your help.

So what can you do to help?


… the answer is a great deal … and all of it would make a difference …

 Read more about the team’s work …
Visit Tolga Bat Hospital 
 Donate to the team directly …Donate to the Bats 
 Visit the Gift Store …TBH Gift Shop 
 Follow them on social media …

… and just as important … tell everyone you know  …

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