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.
Pup in care
Our reluctant home leavers
Possible site for Cool Room