There is very little known about Spectacled flying foxes (SFF). Our rehabilitation work places us in an ideal position to engage in research. Each year we handle 1 - 500 relatively healthy orphans, 2-300 adults with tick paralysis over half of which are dead or euthanased, as well as about 100 from barbed wire fences.

However it is impossible on our own, in terms of both expertise and funding. We therefore welcome partnerships with scientists, veterinarians and others interested in bats. We have links already with various organisations engaged in bat research eg Queensland Parks and Wildlife, James Cook University, CSIRO, Queensland Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (QCEID), University of Queensland and others.

Students wishing to undertake projects with us need to be mindful that the bat hospital is not funded, nor is the hospital coordinator on a salary. Students will need to contribute financially, and will be considered according to their individual circumstances eg time required by hospital coordinator before, during and after the project; accommodation and food if living in.

The first researchers to use our new building,