Flying Foxes in Focus

While the Black-headed and Grey-headed species of Flying Fox share similarities in habitat and behaviour, their conservation statuses underline the urgent need for targeted conservation efforts. The Grey-headed Flying Fox is classified as “Vulnerable” on the NSW Threatened Species List, attributed to a significant decline in its population due to habitat loss, climate change, and direct persecution. The Black-headed Flying Fox, though facing similar threats, has not yet been listed as vulnerable or endangered, indicating a more stable population. Wildlife populations are dynamic, and continuous monitoring and conservation efforts are essential to ensure the survival of these critical pollinators in Australia’s diverse ecosystems.

Dr Bree operating on a Flying Fox.

At the Wildlife Hospital, we have seen many flying foxes in recent weeks from car collisions, entanglements, and pups falling from their mother’s backs.

If we don’t have flying foxes, we won’t have koalas. They are critical in ensuring the survival of our great Australian Eucalyptus forests and the overall health of our ecosystem. Despite their underserved reputation for being scary and disease-ridden, they are in fact incredibly social, intelligent animals and I deeply admire their strong family structures”.

– Dr Bree Talbot, General Manager Veterinary Services, The Wildlife Hospital

A Black-Headed Flying Fox pup, a recent patient at The Hospital.

Ways you can help keep our flying foxes safe:

  • Slow down behind the wheel, especially at dusk and early evening when flying foxes are often on the move to feed.
  • Replace barbed wire fencing which can be a lethal danger to flying foxes and other native birds. Click here for some alternate fencing options: Wildlife Friendly Fencing.
  • If you come across a fallen pup on our roads or near feeding grounds, call 1300 WILDLIFE for advice. Do not attempt to pick it up yourself as flying foxes can carry Lyssavirus and Hendra virus.
  • Purchase one of our Wildlife Car Rescue Kits on our website or in-store at The Sanctuary to ensure you’re prepared to rescue other species of wildlife where it is safe to do so.

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