Help us save the endangered Spectacled Flying-Fox!

Help us save the endangered Spectacled Flying Fox, an essential pollinator and seed disperser for the wet tropics! We are volunteers working with locals legislators to protect them.

Help us save the endangered Spectacled Flying-Fox!
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Care, Conserve and Community

What do we do?

We work with bat carers, conservation groups and governments and engage with the community to conserve the Spectacled Flying-fox and enable people to live peacefully with all bats.

Founding member of the Spectacled Flying Fox Recovery Team

The Spectacled flying-fox is listed as Endangered internationally on the IUCN Red List, nationally under the EPBC Act and under Queensland’s threatened species legislation. The Australian population has fallen by over 80% since 2004. As a member of the recovery team, we nominated to uplist the SFF to critically endangered and are preparing a new recovery plan with specific actions and funding to recover the population.

Founding member of the Spectacled Flying Fox Recovery Team

We work with local rescue groups, other recovery teams

Each year more than one hundred flying-foxes enter care either as orphaned pups or as injured adults and may be in care for up to six months. Feeding and medications are expensive. We advocate for bat carers and assist them financially through donations we receive. Help us help bats by donating, planting a tree and/or by reporting where you see flying-foxes to our Save Our Flying-foxes Watch program

We work with local rescue groups, other recovery teams

Community and school education

We engage with the community to raise public awareness through community events and school talks. To book a talk for your community group or school contact our secretary using our Contact Form

Community and school education
 Help us save the endangered Spectacled Flying Fox!

Help us save the endangered Spectacled Flying Fox!

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Our Team

An energetic group of diverse volunteers, passionate about saving the flying foxes population and all bats of Far North Queensland!

  • Maree Treadwell Kerr

    President, Head Bat

    Maree, is an ecologist and wildlife communicator, and has been active in flying-fox conservation and community education for over 30 years with a particular interest in bat tourism.

  • Hilary Whitehouse

    Vice President, Wise Bat

    Associate Professor Hilary Whitehouse is an expert in climate change and sustainability education. She began direct involvement with flying-foxes during the heat stress event of 2018, where 23,000 flying-foxes died.

  • Sera Steves

    Secretary, Secretary Bat

    Sera grew up with bat conservation in USA and brought this experience to Australia. She is an ecologist and ethologist with experience in delivering wildlife presentations and chairs the Spectacled Flying-fox Recovery Team.

  • Brynn Mathews

    Treasurer

    Brynn has an extensive background in conservation advocacy< He has been involved in saving the SFF over many years and brings legal expertise and local knowledge to the team.

  • Rebecca Koller

    Flying-fox Coordinator

    Rebecca is a wildlife artist and the key flying-fox carer in the Cairns region, managing rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured flying-foxes. She works closely with the bat hospitals and wildlife care groups mentoring and training new carers.

  • Gaby Schierenbeck

    BatSoc committee member

    Gaby has been involved in flying-fox rescue for over ten years and has the keenest eyes and ears for orphaned flying-foxes needing care.

  • Larni Gryphon

    BatSoc committee member

    Lar Ni is the newest member of the BatSoc team and is a long term volunteer with CAFNEC and campaigns for climate change action and wildlife conservation.

  • Heather Owen

    BatSoc committee member

    Heather has been involved in spectacled flying-fox advocacy and care for over 10 years and is our specialty carer for premature and newborn orphaned pups.