BatReach was established to help preserve Australia's unique wildlife.
Our main area of care is with arboreal animals. This includes bats, possums and gliders, however we do accept any orphaned or injured native animal.
Being part of Far North Queensland Wildlife Rescue, various animals can end up in our care. If we are unable to care for an animal we pass it onto an experienced carer.
BatReach has a public education facility which is normally open four days a week from 10:30am to 2:30pm. We close Friday, Saturday and Monday. We can open for arranged bookings.
You can contact us or the Kuranda Visitor Information Centre to check if we will be open when you visit. For bookings contact us directly.
Australia has four major species of megabats or flying-fox: the Spectacled, the Black, the Grey-headed and the Little Red.
The Grey-headed is the southern most species, living as far south as Melbourne.
In Australia flying-foxes are humans' closest living relatives, sharing 92% of our DNA.
Genetic testing has determined that the two families of flying mammals, flying-foxes and microbats, are unrelated.
Microbats are small, eat insects, frogs and small reptiles, some even eat fish. They have sonar for navigation and to assist in catching food.
Fruit bats, including flying-foxes, in general are larger - up to one kilogram - eating fruit, nectar, flowers and some foliage. Fruit bats have eyesight equal to that of humans in daylight and exceptional night vision. Sight is their only means of navigation, they have no sonar.
Fruit bats also have a well developed sense of smell, thought to help locate scented flowers and ripening fruit.
Bats are the only mammals able to fly by flapping their wings.