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