Yogi and I have been visiting the Tolga Bat Hospital in the Atherton Tablelands, Tropical North Queensland for many many years, working and becoming fast friends with a wonderful woman named Jenny Maclean.
Her equally admirable and steady-as-a-rock volunteer Ashleigh Johnson has had to suffer Yogi’s barrage of clicks and in-her-face photography over the years.
Ashleigh can be seen in practically every nature magazine worldwide which has featured our story of the bat hospital and which has now gone viral online like in this “boredpanda” link! She hates seeing herself on print but sorry Ash, you’re just too good at what you do! There are many fruitbat images in our website and here are some more we’ve taken recently of the Tolga Bat Hospital babies at the start of the 2014 season. You can shop online for fantastic bat T-shirts (Yogi’s uniform) or many other bat stuff or please donate to the wonderful work of the Tolga Bat Hospital’s through their PayPal Account.
We witnessed a fantastic spectacle not seen by the locals for the past 30 years. With the mass flowering of the eucalyptus trees or Inland White Mahogany, a massive colony of Little Red Flying-foxes (Pteropus scapulatus) estimated to peak at about 100,000 bats took up residence all along the Wild River of Heberton sometime early Dec 2013 to March 2014 with the little reds seeking the flower’s nectar and pollen. The Little Red Flying-fox is a species of megabat native to northern and eastern Australia. With a weight of 280–530 grams (9.9–18.7 oz) it is the smallest flying fox in mainland Australia (the others being the black, spectacled and grey-headed flying foxes).