conceived in 2004 as nothing more than a personal project,
this work rapidly grew; seeming to develop and take
on a life of its own. With growing and encouraging input from
many sources, I then set about the task of producing a complete
reference guide for flying-fox carers, covering all aspects
of both orphan care and adult rehabilitation. A daunting and rather
humbling task - a task which would have been impossible
without the generous input from so many experienced people.
Although primarily written as a handbook for flying-fox carers
within Australia, as the project expanded, it became obvious
that this work also had interest beyond the wildlife rehabilitation
community; having much relevence for students,
researchers, veterinarians, or indeed anyone with more than
a passing interest in these fascinating and endearing large
flying mammals. With a wealth of input and requests following release of the first version (published in 2006), this (the flying-fox manual 2009) is the second expanded and updated edition.
electronic reference book is written in HTML format (effectively
a huge fully self-contained web site), produced
on CD (after data verification), and presented in a DVD cover
screenshot of the cover. To view a full size version - click
on the graphic above.
The new revised, updated, and greatly expanded second edition of the flying-fox manual prints out to the equivalent of around 1200 pages, and is lavishly illustrated with over 900 photos and illustrations (many of which are interactive). The purpose of this manual is to provide an up to the minute and comprehensive reference guide for flying-fox carers (both novice and seasoned veterans), veterinarians, students, field workers, and anyone generally interested in the rehabilitation, conservation, and welfare of flying-foxes in Australia. As with FFM 2007, this work is divided into five main sections: introduction; hand-rearing orphans; adult flying-fox care; health and treatment; and appendices. The introduction section comprises of 22 subjects; covering such topics as the different species, anatomy, reproduction, behaviour, ecology, public health, and ABLV vaccinations. Orphaned babies is divided into 48 sections; offering a full and comprehensive guide to hand-rearing orphans: equipment, stabilising, housing, hygiene, feeding, feeding problems, detailed stages of development, crèching, and releasing - it’s all here. Adult care is divided into 35 sections: covering rescue guidelines, specific rescue situations, examination, stabilising, housing, feeding, rehabilitation, releasing, and permanent care. Health and treatment now has 66 sections; from assessment, and medical guidelines, to a full A to Z of injuries and conditions ranging from abrasions through to worms - covering signs, treatment, dose rates, special considerations, nursing techniques, and a new series of case histories. Lastly, an appendices section covers subjects not easily categorised into preceding sections such as ethics and objectivity, euthanasia, backyard netting, food trees, a complete glossary of terms, and further suggested reading. With over 12000 internal links, many print-friendly charts, and at least three navigational methods on every page, this electronic book is both easy to read and navigate, meaning that all information is simply accessed or printed out with the click of a mouse. This manual (the second edition) is, and will be, an ongoing work, with regular updates, changes, and additions planned as and when collective knowledge advances and dictates. As before, it is planned that a new revised and updated manual will be available every second year.
open a full list of contents in a seperate window, click here
some thumbnailed screenshots from the manual. Main
sections are marked in brown text, whilst the green text indicates
specific sample pages from within those main sections.
LITTLE RED FLYING-FOX
5 WEEKS - 7 WEEKS OLD
REPRODUCTION & LIFE CYCLE
POWER LINE RESCUES
ABRASIONS - SKIN DAMAGE
PREGNANT & LACTATING
selection of thumbnailed screenshots from the manual
(and a cute baby photo).
As you can
see from the thumbnails above, page length varies according
to subject matter and content; with each page being illustrated
by a wealth of photos and illustrations wherever possible.
For a more in depth look at this publication, a
selection of sample pages are included here
enquiry, ordering, and purchasing details for this publication
Return to top of page