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FAR North wildlife carers are trying to raise money to build a large aviary for rehabilitating baby flying foxes before they are released back into the wild.
More than 160 orphaned spectacled flying foxes are currently being treated by local carers, who will be looking to release the protected species once they are mature enough to look after themselves.
Bat carer Michele Castley-Wright said that they were hoping to establish a release facility on a carer’s heavily vegetated property at Speewah to help relieve pressure on the volunteers.
The 2m-high, 8m-long facility is hoped to be built before April, when a seasonal flying fox colony is expected to visit the property.
“What we’re hoping is that with all the orphans we’ve got this season, if we can get it up in time, then we can put all the babies in there, in creche, and release them from there when the colony flies in, in April,” she said.
“It’s also got no power lines around there, it’s all trees, it’s just a much safer release site than releasing in, say, somewhere where there are power lines and it is built up.”
Ms Castley-Wright, who is currently caring for seven baby bats, estimated the facility would cost about $5000 to build.
“We’ve got all the labour, but we need to buy supplies and stuff to actually build it,” she said. Read More... http://www.batsrule.info/2017/01/wildlife-carers-seek-help-to-construct.html