Apr 5, 2021

End of Pup season for 2020-2021

Violet
Violet

Thank you so much for all your generous donations that enable us to continue to rescue, rehabilitate and release back into the wild our beautiful bats. We could not do it without your help

Pup season has finally come to an end this year and it has been a relatively quiet season for us.  We opened crèche for our first intake of pups on January 16 2021. Throughout the following 3 months we had 67 pups go through our care – 34 females and 43 males. This year has been a little different as the colony of flying foxes that we normally release our pups into, left the camp very early in the year. Our normal process of release involves 3-4 weeks at Kukundi in the crèche cage where the pups dehumanise and learn appropriate bat behaviour and how to interact with other pups. After this time we take the pups to a special release cage in the bush, about 500 metres away from an established bat camp. After a week in this cage, to acclimatise to the new environment, we open the hatch and the pups are able to join the local camp. It is here they learn to fly out each night to seek food and they learn to navigate their area and build up flight fitness. Normally this colony departs from this location and head up north sometime during April. Unfortunately, however, this year they left very early in the season, which has meant we have had to find alternative places to release our pups. Our final group of 40 pups headed off this morning on a 5-hour road trip up north to Bellingen, where they will be released into a local camp in that area and be supported by the fabulous bat people of the area.

Over the next few weeks we will be commencing work on both the crèche cage and the flight aviary floors. The concrete floors have been down for sometime and are showing signs of wear and tear. We are going to temporarily close the cages and get the floors re-done. Part of this process will focus on improving the drainage in both cages, which will help immensely with the daily cleaning process.

On a more personal note, my daughter and I had the privilege of raising 11 pups throughout the current season. Some were from mums who had been electrocuted on power lines, some had unfortunately fallen off mum during her nightly fly out and one little boy was a “premmie” pup – mum was incapacitated and was being attacked by bird, which resulted in her giving birth prematurely to this little one. 

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Thank you again for all you have done to help this cause.

 

With gratitude

Arlo
Arlo
Milo our preemie pup
Milo our preemie pup
Bat pups road-trip ready
Bat pups road-trip ready
Dec 30, 2020

Exquisite

Adam at 2 gms
Adam at 2 gms

Look at this exquisite and perfect little face. It belongs to an animal that very few people have heard about and many often confuse for a mouse:

• They are the smallest carnivorous marsupials (mammals that carry their offspring in a pouch)

• They are the world’s smallest semelparous mammal (meaning that the males die after their first and only breeding season at around 11months old)

• The family group into which they fall (Dasyuridae) also includes quolls and Tasmanian Devils 

* Females give birth to undeveloped naked young that latch onto teats in the pouch for up to 50 days.

The animal in question is an antechinus.

This little one has been named Adam Ant-echinus. He had become separated from his family group and was found all by himself, weighing in at a massive 2 grams (0.07 of an ounce)! Their snout grows relatively long and narrow as they grow and gives them a shrew like appearence.

Most species nest communially in tree hollows comming out at night to prey on insects, spiders, centipedes and sometimes small frogs. Species vary with adults weighing between 16 - 170gms (0.56 - 6 ounces).

Quite a few of our carers have been called out to rescue these tiny joeys recently and they are all being hand-raised for release when they are older. Adam now weighs 12 grams (0.5 ounces) and has a few more weeks in care.  He will then be released back where he was found by the National Parks ranger that bought him to Sydney Wildlife for hand raising.

Thank you, Margaret, for these gorgeous photos of our little Adam.

On behalf of Sydney Wildlife we would like to thank you for your support during 2020 and wish you a happy and healthy 2021.

Sleeping
Sleeping
Feeding
Feeding
Adam at 12 grams and never still
Adam at 12 grams and never still
Dec 1, 2020

Spring 2020 Report

Dear Supporters

With the end of season shut down at our release facility, Kukundi, we have been busy over the last few weekends carrying out maintenance work. This has included weeding, laying pavers for a new pathway, painting our fruit prep rooms and general cage maintenance.  We will be opening both the adult cage and pup crèche cage again early January 2021. We still have adults in care from earlier this year that did not make it to our release cage and as pup season is in full swing, we will have pups around 12 weeks of ages that need to go into crèche in January. 

There has been a steady number of pups coming into care so far this season. At the present moment I have 6 pups in care, ages ranging from 2 weeks old to 8 weeks old. The youngest is still on 5 milk feeds a day, whilst the oldest boy is now on an airer fulltime, self feeding milk and starting to really enjoy his fruit. He still however, still loves a cuddle from his “mum”.

Thank you so much for all your generous donations that enable us to continue to rescue, rehabilitate and release back into the wild our beautiful flying foxes. We couldn’t do it without your help. 

Cheers

Fiona Bassett

 
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