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Batavia Flying Fox Sanctuary
Creche and Release
As at September 2015, crèche costs $70 per bat. This covers all fruit and HP through crèche, release and support feeding following
release. This cost are reviewed annually.
If we have adequate funds available from donations we will waive the creche fees whenever
We will review every crèche application and determine whether crèche fees will be waived. This decision will be based
on individual circumstances and the decision will be final.
We are not a group and have very limited ability to raise funds to
cover the creche costs. Many groups receive donations and undertake their own fund raising activities and we expect that creche fees
from members of these groups should be paid for by the group.
The calculated costs are the "best case" scenario. Experience has shown
that a percentage of bats need to stay in crèche for more than one cycle because of various reasons such as sucking on other bats,
inability to fly and so on. Fruit costs vary considerably from week to week and costs require some allowance for increases over the
Costs are calculated using the following rules of thumb:
Fruit costs $2.50 per kg including delivery
HP costs $75 for
About 15% of bats require additional time
Fruit costs may rise 20% or more based on availability
Support feeding may extend
beyond 6 weeks based on weather conditions
The table below shows how we calculate the costs. We then factor in 15% for increased fruit
costs and extended support feeding to arrive at a figure of $70 per bat.
4 weeks in Creche
$28 - 400g per day
$4.20 - 10g per day
1 week transition
- 400g per day
$1.05 - 10g per day
6 weeks post release
$21 - 200g per day
In order to allow us to plan creche and release dates and to manage our fruit and HP requirements we need bats to be
booked in to creche as early as possible. Except in special cases we need a minimum of 6 weeks notice. We know that late babies always
come in to care and so we will always try to accommodate these animals. However, if you have had your babies for 10 weeks and contact
us 2 days before creche with a request to take half a dozen babies, we may not be able to assist you. Please let us know full details
of any previous injuries to your bats so that we can take them into consideration during creche.
We require all bats to be accompanied
by records. Preferably these should be maintained using WildMan which allows them to be exported and emailed in a format that allows
us to import them directly in to our own WildMan system. In the absence of access to WildMan paper records will need to be supplied
at least 1 week prior to the start of creche.
Minimum acceptable records must include weekly weight and forearm measurements from
the time the bat entered care.
Bats must be weaned, healthy and uninjured
Weights should be at or above weight for age with 20g
below weight for age being the absolute cut-off
Bats must be eating a minimum of 200g of raw fruit consisting of 2/3 apple and 1/3
other fruits plus High Protein supplement. Fruit pieces should be cut approximately 2 x 2 cm in size.
Please email us to request a
creche booking by clicking here
Please note that unless creche fees have been waived all fees MUST be paid prior to