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Aussie Bat Rescue and Rehabilitation

Organisation: Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

Country: Australia

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Aussie Bat Rescue and Rehabilitation

Our Rainforest Bat Rehabilitation Project is located in tropical Far North Queensland. The centre rescues, rehabilitates and releases hundreds of bats every year and provides a permanent refuge for bats who are unable to be returned to the wild. The centre is completely dedicated to bat protection and conservation. In addition to rescuing and caring for sick and injured bats, the centre undertakes habitat restoration work to support local wild bat populations and contributes to research into the world's largest bat, the flying fox. This project is highly satisfying, but is not for the feint-hearted. In the peak season between October and February, volunteers can expect to work 10-15 hours per day, as the demand for the rescue and release of orphaned bats is high. 

Our Flying Fox Project, located on the Gold Coast in Queensland also receives hundreds of bats into care each year, particularly flying foxes. The sanctuary provides medical care and a place of refuge until the bats are healthy and strong enough to be released. It also provides a rescue and rehabilitation service for all other species of native wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies and birds.  

Bats are largely misunderstood creatures and both sanctuaries place a high focus on community education and promoting appreciation of the vital role that bats play in supporting forest ecosystems. 

Placements are available for a minimum of one week. You must be 18 years or older to participate in this project.

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