Adelaide Bat Care
PLEASE do not handle ANY BATS. Contact us so that we can help them safely.
MANY HUNDREDS OF BATS WILL DIE EVERY SUMMER THROUGH HEAT STRESS.
Please contact the Botanic Gardens of South Australia on Telephone: 8222 9311 to ask them to help install misting systems high up in the Canopy at Botanic Parklands for the Grey-headed Flying-foxes. Many Microbats will die too, but because they are so secretive, we will never know the devastating numbers lost!
What to do if you find a Flying-fox or Microbat …
Phone immediately for advice Mobile: 0422 182 443
We can help you assess whether the Bat actually needs rescuing or not. If the Bat does not need rescuing, we can advise you of the steps to allow for the safe return of the Bat, back to the night skies!
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO GIVE ANY FLUIDS OR FOOD TO THE BAT. THE BAT MAY BE IN SHOCK AND OFFERING FLUIDS OR FOOD COULD BE FATAL TO THE BAT.
What to do if you are bitten or scratched by a Flying-fox or Microbat …
Clean The Bite Site Wash the area IMMEDIATELY with soap and water for at least five minutes. DO NOT SCRUB THE WOUND.
Use Antiseptic Apply Betadine (Povidone-Iodine) or any antiseptic solution to the area and contact your GP or seek other medical attention IMMEDIATELY as the Rabies Vaccine needs to be commenced/administered on the day the bite occurred.
Make Contact Contact SA Health – Communicable Diseases Branch on Telephone: 1300 232 272 AT ANY TIME.
More Information Further information can be accessed at Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, SA Health, and the Australasian Bat Society