Flying foxes return to botanic gardens

Flying foxes in the gardens yesterday.

Flying foxes have returned to the Colac Botanic Gardens, with Colac Otway Shire Council waiting on the environment authority’s permission to begin a dispersal program.

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3 Responses to “Flying foxes return to botanic gardens”

  1. Lawrence Pope

    We have lost tens of thousands of these animals due to heatwaves, starvation and the mass abandonment of pups in 2019 (probably due to drought induced low nectar production). More and more is being asked of private landholders, parks and gardens to act as refuges for Australian wildlife as the tsunami of climate change ravages our country. We also see pups being born early and late and so advise no disturbance at all between September 1 and May 1 each year. Winter often sees the bats move out of many southern camps at any rate. Forest building is what the bats do and with more forest being destroyed flying foxes will be needed more than ever. Our little Aussie battlers need a hand – I am sure we won’t let them down.

  2. Rob Sinclair

    Why can’t people leave these beautiful and intelligent creatures alone.
    1. They are native and therefore should be protected.
    2. They are a vital pollinator for our native flora.
    3. Moving them on especially in heatwave conditions will sign their death warrant, as happened at Yarra Park, Melbourne when over 5000 dropped dead in 1 night.
    We should stop being precious about the impact by native species including possums on our parks and gardens and learn to live with these wonderful and unique animals.

    Rob Sinclair
    Wildlife Carer

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