Bat Rescue Inc. is a non-profit volunteer organisation based on the Sunshine Coast in South-East Queensland, Australia.
Our members are permitted to care for sick, injured and orphaned flying-foxes and microbats under the auspices of Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science (DES).
Established on the Sunshine Coast in 2002, Bat Rescue Inc. was South-East Queensland’s first bat-specific care group.
Bat Rescue Inc. operates across the Sunshine Coast, with a number of long-distance members also active in Ipswich, Brisbane, Bribie Island, Gympie, Gold Coast and Fraser Coast.
Two other bat-specific groups now also operate in South-east Qld, and both of these groups originated from members of Bat Rescue sub-branches in Brisbane, Gold Coast and the Lockyer Valley regions.
WHAT WE DO
The aims of the organisation are:
The promotion of bats as an important part of our ecology
Bat rehabilitation is recognised as a unique branch of wildlife caring as vaccination against Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABL) is required prior to handling bats. There are other aspects to rehabilitating bats and hand-raising orphans that require specialised training.
Our 24/7 rescue service is provided free of charge by our trained and vaccinated volunteers to attend to animals in distress in a timely manner. This is a vitally important community service as it reduces the risk of ABL exposure to members of the public.
A number of major projects have been undertaken over the years, often in partnership with other organisations. Read about our conservation projects here.