Balancing the business needs and an expanding event calendar is never straight forward when considering the needs of a protected animal species and its growing population. In this session you will learn about the expanding Flying Fox colony located in Botanic Park and the measures put in place to reduce the impact on the living collection and the Flyer Foxes.
- Overview on Flying Fox colony and the species Grey-headed Flying-foxes Pteropus poliocephalus
- The effect of heat stress an flying foxes and the long term impact on the colony
- The impact of the flying foxes of the collection (dispelling myths)
- Measures in place to reduce heat stress and manage the roost trees
Presentation with Karen Smith.
Linda has been a volunteer flying-fox rehabilitator, trainer, consultant and researcher for 33 years. She has worked in numerous colonies throughout New South Wales and Queensland with a range of roost canopies from rainforest, Bangalow palms, casuarinas to mangroves. Linda is currently working as a consultant for Wildlife Care Groups and stakeholders responsible for monitoring and managing Adelaide’s colony of Grey-headed Flying-foxes.