reference to both the hand-rearing of orphaned pups, and the
treatment and rehabilitation of adults; flying-fox care in
Australia is in a constant state of flux and evolution as new
and improved methods are continually coming to light. Researchers
and scientists are discovering more about these ecologically
invaluable animals with each passing day, and new and improved
drugs and treatments are becoming available by pharmaceutical
companies and veterinarians respectively. With this in mind,
reference works can rapidly become outdated, and the aim of
this publication is to be as up to date as is practically possible,
with new versions planned at regular intervals (every second
history, availability, and news of upcoming projects are listed
STOP PRESS: UPDATED FEED CHART
After many yeas, we now have available for download the brand new milk replacer chart for black and grey-headed flying-foxes. This chart was compiled after much analysis and data crunching of growth records, and now more accurately reflects the true parabolic growth curve of baby flying-foxes. This gives us a more realistic benchmark with regard to volumes fed and forearm and growth rates. I am indebted to Connie Kerr for tireless hours of number crunching, and to all those that supplied records.
We did not want to wait for version 3 of this manual, instead feeling this information should be available for the 2009/2010 orphan season.
To download the chart, right click the link, and choose "save target as". Choose a location to download to your computer, and print out from there. Download chart here
VERSION & HISTORY
The flying-fox manual 2009 v 1.0 (Current
version): released 1st August 2008.
This updated and expanded version includes 30 brand new sections such as: assessing viability, birth defects, gangrene, facial injuries, fur loss, ant bite, toxic shock, understanding wound healing, drug dosage charts, tethered test-flying of rehabilitated adults, and case histories - just to name a few - plus many additions and updates to already existing sections - not to mention a wealth of new photos. Another key area of change (from feedback and requests received) is the volume and addition of many new large high resolution photos. Large photos are invaluable for reference and illustration, but in the previous version, images were limited to a certain width to accommodate lower resolution monitors. These new larger photos open in separate windows by clicking on any images accompanied with the text "to view a larger version of this image - just click on the image above".
manual 2007 v 1.1 published 10th August 2006.
default font to Arial - forcing Internet Explorer to display
page text as written, and intended to be viewed.
manual 2007 v 1.0 first published 1st August 2006.
manual 2009 v1.0 is currently AVAILABLE and
IN STOCK. Contact,
enquiry, ordering, and purchasing details for this publication
I have now started work on the third version of this manual, with a view to release some time in 2013. Apart from an already growing list of planned updates and additions, a whole new major section will be added in the form of “the other megabats” - the Tubenosed and Blossom bats. Navigation has now been completely changed from the current side navigation links to an improved top CSS drop-down, whereby all pages are now clickable from all pages.
This website first launched on 8th April 2007.
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