Adopt a Bat

During birthing season (October-December), many orphaned Black and Grey-headed Flying-foxes come into care in S.E. Queensland. Their mothers may have been seriously injured or have died due to various causes such as electrocution, barbed wire or fruit netting entanglement, car accident or domestic pet attacks.


On average, Bat Rescue members hand-raise more than 100 orphans every year.  The long process can cost more than $200 for each baby for milk formula, medication and food until release.  Symbolically adopting a bat assists our volunteer carers to cover these costs.

Our permanent care adult education flying-foxes (Phoebe and Bonnie) are available throughout the year for adoption.  Funds raised helps offset the cost of their upkeep.

Adoption Fee $50 (we’ll happily accept more!)

Adopt one of our education/display bats or delightful orphans and you will receive via email an adoption certificate and a detailed profile.  Please see below the flying-foxes we currently offer for adoption.

Adopt an Orphan

Sorry, no orphans are currently available

Orphans are seasonal and a small number are offered for adoption from November each year.   Bat adoptions make a unique and unusual Christmas gift!

You will receive via email a personalised adoption certificate and detailed profile.  When your chosen orphan is released (around March), an additional personalised certificate will also be issued.


Adopt an Education/Display Adult


Phoebe is one of our permanent display/education bats, held under special permit.  Phoebe’s calm temperament and friendly nature make her an ideal ambassador to spread the message of the important role bats play in the ecosystem.  She is particularly popular with children at school visits, and she has a large collection of fan mail from her young admirers. 

Phoebe and her best friend Bonnie are always the star attraction at regular environmental displays and events. When they are not on official duty, Phoebe and Bonnie enjoy hanging out together and acting as mentors for our juvenile orphans.


Maintaining permanent education animals is a lengthy financial commitment in terms of food, equipment and transportation.  Supporting Phoebe enables us to cover these costs.


Bonnie is one of our permanent education/display bats, held under special permit.    Bonnie and her best friend Phoebe provide an opportunity for the public to see flying-foxes up close.   Being spoiled with lots of blossom and attention is their reward, and they seem to genuinely enjoy their days out people-watching.

Bonnie has a very curious and playful nature, rushing over to investigate anything new in the enclosure.  She has been caught helping herself to apples out of the box on fruit delivery days.


Maintaining permanent education animals is a lengthy financial commitment in terms of food, equipment and transportation.  Supporting Bonnie enables us to cover these costs.



Complete and submit the following information:



Please choose one of the following options:


The ‘Donate’ button below will direct you to the secure PayPal site. Specify the name of your chosen bat in the PAYMENT FOR box.

Direct Deposit

Reference the name of your chosen bat.
Please email the bank receipt to so that your order can be processed without delay.

Bat Rescue Inc, Westpac Bank
BSB: 034 204
Acc #: 222356

Any amount is very much appreciated. Donations to Bat Rescue Inc. over $2 are tax deductible.