Sep 4, 2018

Flying Fox Winter Update

One of the pups we cared for last season
One of the pups we cared for last season

Hello Bat Supporters,

My name is Fiona and I am taking over this project from Georgina, so please be a patient with me as I have my "Learner Plates" on. Hopefully my writing skills will be on par with Gerogina's and I can promsie you that I will bring as much passion to keeping you informed about what is happening with our amazing bats. I have been a carer of bats now for 5 years and for the last two years have also been managing our creche at Kukundi.

We have had a moderately busy winter season, caring for about 200 adults and juvelniles that have managed to get themselves into trouble. Most of them have now released back into the wild, apart from our very last batch of around 30. The hatch in the large cage at Kukundi has been open now for about 3 weeks and this last 30 seem a little reluctant to move on.

Hopefully these last stragglers will leave soon and then we can begin the mantenance work around the facility, in prepration for the pup season which will start in around 6 weeks. We need to give the cages a thorough clean, repaint the cage floor surfaces and generally tidy up the surrounding area.

One exciting new addition to the facility will be a cool room, which we hope to install before the beginning of the pup season. During the height of pup season we can be cutting between 50 and 80kgs of fruit daily to feed the little cherubs in care. This is between 350 - 560kgs of fruit every week - converting this for you -770 to 1235lbs! This is a huge amout of fruit we have to store, so a cool room will help save us money by rminising waste and allowing us to reduce the fruit delivery from 2 to 3 times a week to once a week.

And finally, we have a training course happpening next weekend, which will give us 15 new flying fox carers (hooray!), just in time for pup season.

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.

Fiona

Pup in care
Pup in care
Our reluctant home leavers
Our reluctant home leavers
Possible site for Cool Room
Possible site for Cool Room
Aug 7, 2018

Our Topsy Turvy Owl

Topsy Turvy, Photo by Peter Sharp.
Topsy Turvy, Photo by Peter Sharp.

We have recently had a beautiful Boobook owl come into care with Sydney wildlife.  The Boobook owl is the smallest and most common owl in Australia.

 His story started at a school where he was found early in the morning on the ground being bullied by other local bird species.  He was taken to the local vet who then contacted Sydney Wildlife to organise a Carer to come and collect him to nurse him back to health and monitor his rehabilitation.

It became quickly apparent that he was very ill and at stages could not even stand up.  He required intensive care and needed to be force fed to ensure he was getting the nutrients required to rehabilitate. Gradually he began to gain strength, put on weight and be able to feed by himself.

What was still puzzling was that, at first, he would always hold his head low and completely upside down. (see photo)  After 2 months of regular physiotherapy he started to hold his head higher and it was also turning around so it was now the right way up.

After 3 months, he was moved to our rehabilitation facility as we thought the stimulation of being in a more natural environment would make him use his neck more.  A bit of self-Physio.

 After only a couple of weeks in the rehabilitation facility, and I think you will agree from the photos, there has been significant improvement in his condition.

 We still do not know at this stage if his recovery will be enough for him to be released but he is eating well and continuing to improve. His recovery may take months yet as vets feel there is muscle or tendon damage which takes a long time to treat.

 Owls are quite big eaters.  He eats 1 mouse and 1 chicken neck a day as well as the insects he catches in his enclosure.  As the mouse and chicken necks are not available naturally while he is in rehabilitation, these are purchased frozen and provided to the owl by our volunteers.  Your wonderful donations are helping to keep our Boobook and other animals fed and alive.

 For this we thank you so very much.

Neck in a better position
Neck in a better position
Starting to exercise wings
Starting to exercise wings
May 23, 2018

Kukundi gets a break this Winter!

Bellingen Camp (Taken by G.Binns)
Bellingen Camp (Taken by G.Binns)

Dearest Amazing Supporters,

It's beginning to get frosty here in Sydney, but I'm still hearing the flying foxes arguing over blossoms in the eucalypts above my apartment building, which is across the National Park from Kukundi Rehab facility. It seems not all the flying sky puppies have left yet to travel north for warmer weather, and thats probably due to warmer than normal temperatures the last few months.

We've had about 150 adult and juvenile grey-headed flying-foxes through the facility in the last three months. These gorgeous animals still manage to get themselves into trouble through various means, such as getting caught in fruit tree nets, or just ending up in strange situations, such as getting stuck inside human houses. The last round of adults are about to come through the facility and hopefully into the release aviary in the next couple of weeks, which means that Kukundi will actually close down for a period this winter! OMG!

This is not only exciting for the majority of our volunteers that get to have a rest before the next pup season, but it's also GREAT NEWS for the facility, because we have all sorts of excellent and important maintenance jobs planned! Most of it involves new coats of hardcore washable paint, new climbing implements to string up for future guests and repairs to mesh and roofing, but we're also hoping to hear we have the go-ahead to build our new cool room to store fruit. This will cool room will save us money and time and also fruit in the long run, so wish us luck!

Any Flying-foxes that come into care over winter get the supreme luxury of hanging out with carers at their home and getting horribly spoiled with fruit to heal up for release when spring comes back. They're the first guests to enjoy the sparkling, like-new aviaries, before their eventual release.

I recently had the chance to visit the Bellingen Camp up on the north coast of New South Wales, I'll attach some pictures. Whenever I visit one of the camps, I like to believe that one or two up in those trees probably are one, or know a fellow bat that has been cared for and released by a carer somewhere; its so lovely to think that these animals are free and that we can all help them to be so, in some small way.

Whether it's from rescue or care, volunteering or donating money, or even just having wildlife-safe netting on our backyard fruit trees, every little bit helps. And we can't do it without your support!

THANK YOU!!

Georgina

This gentleman is happy to see you. (G.Binns)
This gentleman is happy to see you. (G.Binns)
Flying free. Just what we want! (G.Binns)
Flying free. Just what we want! (G.Binns)
Hanging out in the sun. (G.Binns)
Hanging out in the sun. (G.Binns)
More Bellingen Camp. (G.Binns)
More Bellingen Camp. (G.Binns)
 
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