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ABOUT THE BOOK

Originally 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.

THE BOOK

This comprehensive 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 case.

A 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.

To open a full list of contents in a seperate window, click here

Below are 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.

INTRODUCTION
LITTLE RED FLYING-FOX

 

ORPHANED BABIES
5 WEEKS - 7 WEEKS OLD

 

INTRODUCTION
REPRODUCTION & LIFE CYCLE

HEALTH & TREATMENT
DEHYDRATION

 

ADULT FLYING-FOXES
POWER LINE RESCUES

 

HEALTH & TREATMENT
ABRASIONS - SKIN DAMAGE



ADULT FLYING-FOXES
PREGNANT & LACTATING

 

ORPHANED BABIES
AGE EVALUATION

 

INTRODUCTION
SPECTACLED FLYING-FOX

     A 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

Contact, enquiry, ordering, and purchasing details for this publication are here

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