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Rainforest Bat Rehabilitation

Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, Australia

Rainforest Bat Rehabilitation
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Bat Conservation

Project Information

Volunteer Type Volunteer

Cost of Project From $635 AUD

Duration 1 week to 1 month. Longer stays of up to 3 months are on request after a 1 month stay.

Start Dates Monday - Sunday, September - April

Work Roster 10 - 15 hour days, 6 days a week with some flexibility.

Age Requirement 21 years of age


The centre works for the conservation of bats and their habitat as poor public attitudes towards flying foxes and habitat loss are the root causes of many problems facing bat conservation.

They achieve this by:

• rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing hundreds of bats every year
• providing a lifetime sanctuary for bats that are too severely injured to return to the wild or have been retired from zoos
• educating the public about bats through schools and the onsite Visitor Centre
• habitat restoration work at 2 bat colonies
• facilitating research into flying foxes by various universities and government bodies
• advocating for bats.

All four species of Australian flying foxes are in permanent care as well as tube-nosed bats and microbats. A visitor’s centre was opened in 2009 to provide educational programs for a broader community of local residents, students and tourists.  

  • Your Contribution

Your input into his initiative is valuable as the centre could not run without the contribution of volunteers who are needed all year. This is especially during tick paralysis season when hundreds of adults and orphans come into care.

  • A Typical Day

Your daily activities will consist of:
*Assisting in rescue calls
*Assisting in emergency medical treatment
*Prepare food for the adult bats and milk for the babies
*Feed, clean, weigh and measure the orphan bats
*Clean cages
*Handle large amounts of washing
*Assist in trips to the rainforest to search or release (depending on season)
*Help with miscellaneous projects around the hospital
*Environmental education activities in the Visitors Centre (June to September)

  • Skills Required

You must have the ability to work as a member of a team, have a high level of maturity and be committed to the welfare of the bats. You must be self-motivated and able to learn quickly.

There is a minimum age limit of at least 21 years of age unless special consideration is granted.

  • Challenges

The biggest challenge of this project is the long days volunteers work in the high season from October to February. During this time, there is many orphans which require rescuing, rearing and releasing.

  • Accommodation

Shared rooms in a comfortable self-contained apartment with all the creature comforts, or large tents which offer more private accommodation.

  • Meals

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. All volunteers are expected to help with preparing and cleaning up evening meals. Preparation of all other meals is each individual's responsibility.

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